Cybersecurity is important, whether you’re traveling for fun or for work. Now more than ever, taking precautions with your data and devices is imperative as data thieves continue to invent new ways to collect your information. Follow these tips for domestic and international travel to help protect you and your company’s data.
While Bluetooth is convenient for eliminating wires when connecting to devices like your headphones or car, it also presents a risk when you leave it active while you are not using it. In areas like airports, the range on Bluetooth may be strong enough that it can reach those who may be trying to attack. While most of your important data is free from these kinds of attacks, personal information such as phone calls, contact information and phone settings may be at risk.
Tip: We suggest disabling Bluetooth when you are not actively using it.
Road warriors and first-time travelers alike may need to catch up on work in a variety of locations, from local coffee shops to airport terminals. In such public places, there is a risk of onlookers eavesdropping on the information displayed on your screen. This also applies to your work phone, tablet and other devices. Taking a few extra precautions can go a long way in preventing data from being stolen.
Tip: If working with sensitive information, ask your company for a privacy screen to adhere to your device. When working on your company device, make sure you lock it if you find yourself in a situation where you may leave it.
Checking your work email or catching up on your favorite show all takes a toll on your phone’s battery life. While you don’t want to see your screen fade to black, you should also be careful where you choose to charge your phone.
Tip: “Pack an external battery or bring your own charger to avoid using untrusted charging stations,” said Elliott Dilling, Fox’s enterprise application administrator. “While most are fine, if you accidentally plug into one used for data theft, your data could immediately be comprised. We also suggest making sure your phone has the latest security updates before traveling.”
Learn more about regulations regarding batteries here.
With the growing expectation that Wi-Fi will be available in public spaces, hackers are taking advantage. The average Wi-Fi attack doesn’t take long and is often disguised with a Wi-Fi name similar to those that the establishment the attackers are stationed at (Think McDonalds wifi vs McDonalds wi-fi).
Tip: “Most computers and smartphones have an auto-connect feature that allows you to access Wi-Fi when you are in range of a network,” said Maureen Gebhard, Fox’s security analyst. “This may be convenient, but it is putting your device and data at risk. Changing this setting will force you to connect manually each time you access the web; you will then know what Wi-Fi network you are connecting to.”
Finally, our best tip is to speak with your company’s IT department if you have any questions.
Tip: “Hardware and software vary from company to company, so to best learn what will keep you safe — talk to the experts that know your company best,” said Dilling.
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