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Top Travel Tips for Cybersecurity Threats

Devices that you travel with may be at risk for cyber attacks.


In this constantly-connected time, traveling domestically or internationally introduces additional risks to securing your personal data. Any device that you travel with that can be connected to the Internet, including your smartphone and even a game console, is at risk for cyberattacks. Such cyberattacks may include viruses, malware, hacking, phishing scams as well as the risk associated with connecting with unknown or untrusted networks.

In celebration of October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Secure Data wants to share with you some traveling tips and methods to keep your data safe. These methods coincide with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) recommendations and the US Department of Homeland Security’s “Be Cyber Smart” campaign.

Before You Go—Keep Your Data Safe

Keeping your information safe is important, especially when you are traveling. Before you go, keep your data safe by using some of these methods:

  • Back Up Your Data—Back up the contents of the devices you are traveling with to the cloud or an encrypted, password protected drive. In the event that your smartphone is compromised or damaged, you will still have a copy of all of your information.
  • Keep Encrypted Copies of Your Critical Information—When you travel, it is a good idea to keep copies of important information with you on the off chance you lose your wallet, passport, or even your smartphone. By storing these items on a portable encrypted drive, not only will you keep your information secure, but you will also have the critical information available to you in the unfortunate event that a physical copy is lost or stolen.

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Before You Go—Update and Protect Your Device

Ensuring that your devices are prepped for travel is an important step in preparing for your trip. Before you go, update and protect your device using the following methods:

  • Be Up-to-Date—Make sure before you leave that all of your devices are updated with the latest version of software. Additionally, if your device has settings that run regular security scans, make sure it’s enabled! With updated devices, you don’t have to worry about viruses while you’re traveling.
  • Keep Your Devices Password Protected—Before you go, set strong and complex  passwords for your devices. If you can, also use PINs or two-factor authentication for an added layer of protection on your devices. Enable and set up these settings before you leave so you can get used to the process with each device.

During Your Trip—Be on Guard

Whatever sends you on your travels, make sure you’re practicing good judgement when it comes to your data. During your trip, be on guard and be cyber smart with your devices by following these tips:

  • Turn off Auto Connect and Location Settings—If you’re traveling, there will be a lot of options for connecting to local networks. Before you connect at an airport, hotel, or restaurant, confirm the name of the network and the login protocols for that network to ensure that the network is legitimate and trustworthy. Also, disable your location services. This protects your whereabouts and prevents criminals from knowing exactly where you are at any given time.
  • Limit What you Share and Access Online—Even if you have disabled your location services, oversharing your locations with public social media posts may provide someone exactly the information they need to target you on your trip. When you do post, keep the details as generic as possible. Additionally, even if you are connected to a trusted network, try to limit accessing sites where you enter sensitive information like bank or credit card sites.
  • Guard Your Devices—Preventing theft and unauthorized access or loss of sensitive information starts with always ensuring your devices stay with you. Never leave your device unattended in a public place. If you can’t carry all of your devices with you at once, keep the device secured at your hotel room.

Know Who to Trust with Your Data

When we travel, our portable devices like our smartphones, tablets, and laptops are critical to keeping in touch with family, working on projects, and even arranging our travel. If the unforeseen occurs with your device, know that Secure Data Recovery, with a 96% documented success rate, can help recover damaged files or data from a damaged device. For more information on our recovery services or secure storage products, contact Secure Data Recovery at 1-800-388-1266.

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