Keeping your devices secure is a must – especially when you’re traveling. It doesn’t take any longer to open your smartphone or tablet by using a passcode.  Most smart devices now allow you to use biometric authentication, or something that identifies you, such as a photo or fingerprint.

Check out these great travel tips from the National Cybersecurity National Alliance:

  • Public Wi-Fi –
    • Limit what you do on public Wi-Fi
    • Consider using a trusted Virtual Private Network (VPN) if you need to conduct sensitive business
    • Always ensure your device is set to ask before connecting to an available network (the network that’s nearby might just be a criminal’s)
  • Mobile device’s security settings
    • Set up location services to remotely find your phone/tablet, and wipe if needed
    • Make sure all devices are password protected
  • Laptop camera cover
    • Always block the camera on a laptop or tablet to ensure no one is secretly recording you
  • Charging stations
      • Always bring your own charger with you rather than using a public charging kiosk
        • It’s free to use your own charger, and you reduce the risk that of inadvertently downloading malware from that public kiosk
  • Privacy screens
    • Need to work on that business proposal containing sensitive Personally Identifiable Information?
    • Use a privacy screen to prevent physical eavesdropping – it’s one area that we all forget
  •  More tips?

October 2019 marks the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Each week I will bring you a different article to encourage everyone to #BeCyberSmart


Have another thought, tip or suggestion? Leave it in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!

 

Posted by Elvis Huff

Elvis Huff worked as an officer and network administrator for 12 years with the Lebanon Police Department and has also served as an adjunct professor in information systems at Cumberland University. Read More »

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