Planning a trip? Whether the purpose is to conduct business, sight-see or relax and recharge, there are a growing number of cyber risks. According to a recent CSO Online article, travelers should take precautions to minimize threats.
Know your rights.
Educate yourself on local laws and customs before you go, particularly when traveling outside the country. Do not assume that you will be shown the same courtesies or afforded the same protections as American Citizens within U.S. boarders.
Protect private information.
Whether you misplace a mobile phone or have a laptop confiscated in a foreign country, you don't want to lose or leak anything sensitive. Backup your files before you leave, remove confidential data (when possible), update / install antivirus software and e
nsure it isn't easy for unwanted eyes to view your devices' content by using password protection and data encryption.
Turn off your devices' wireless auto connect functionalities. Avoid connecting to public WiFi (e.g. airports, hotels, cafes, etc.) and use a personal MiFi whenever possible. If use of a public network is unavoidable, confirm its legitimacy
and exact details with staff before connecting. Only use secure sites (those that begin with https) and avoid sharing any sensitive data, such as credit card information.
As always, use caution when opening emails / attachments, downloading / installing files and using the internet. If anything looks suspicious delete it as soon as possible and check for malware. Be conscientious of physical surroundings and other individuals. Guard your screen from on-lookers and never leave your devices unattended.