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How to Protect Your Data on the Road

How to Protect Your Data on the Road

You and your family are out on vacation, and you decide to log into the Internet with your tablet while you are out enjoying yourself. After all, nothing bad happens on vacation, right? If you do not take the necessary steps to protect your data while you are on the road, then you may find yourself regretting it when you get back. Whether you are on vacation or out on business, you need to make sure that your data is safe at all times.

Use Secure Providers For Email

If you use an on-board host for your email, such as Outlook, then you are asking for trouble when you travel. A public WiFi connection is not secure, and your email can easily be intercepted as you download it to your tablet or laptop. To prevent these problems, all you need to do is use an online email provider. You can set up an account with an online email provider and have all of your business email routed to that online account. Those online email providers have security that will keep your emails private.

Use The Company's VPN

Using public WiFi is great, but it is also not very secure. You should also not be lulled into thinking that paying for WiFi means that it is secure, because it is not. The best path to take is to log into your company's VPN (virtual private network) Internet connection and get data security while using a WiFi system on the road. Your VPN is going to slow down your browsing, but at least you will be secure.

Hard-Wire Your Connection

The biggest challenge to your data security on the road is using public WiFi connections. If you want to secure your data while you travel, then check into a hotel that still offers hard-wired Internet service. Just remember that you will need to provide your own RJ45 connection cable. The hard-wired connection is impenetrable, but it does prevent your data from floating around on an open wireless connection for anyone to see.

Remember To Log Out

Even though you are using your own device to log into your accounts, you need to remember to log out of your accounts when on the road. The less opportunity you give criminals to steal your login information, the safer your personal accounts will be.

Install Plug-ins For Your Browser

Before you hit the road, you should check to see if your laptop, smartphone, or tablet browsers have any security plug-ins you can download to make your browsing more secure. Many browsers offer plug-ins that offer an additional layer of protection when you are connected to a public WiFi access point. Remember that a browser plug-in is just one piece of your security puzzle. Never assume that a browser security plug-in, on its own, will be all you need to protect your data.

There are many different kinds of people in this world, and some of them want to steal your data when you are traveling and using a public wireless connection. Take as many steps as you can to make sure that your data is safe and that your computing device is secure when you are out on the road.