9 Internet Safety Tips for Travelers

Nearly half of Americans reserve travel accommodations on mobile devices as tech-ed out travel grows in popularity, but travelers aren’t any less vulnerable to a number of digital dangers, says the National Cyber Security Alliance. Before you leave home and while you’re on the go, protect yourself from cyber crimes with these tips from the Alliance.

• Keep a Clean Machine – Before you hit the road, make sure all security and critical software is up-to-date on your Internet-connected devices and keep them updated during travel. It is your best line of defense.

• Plan Two Steps Ahead – Turn on two-step authentication (also known as multi-factor authentication) for an extra layer of security beyond the password that is available on most major email, social and financial accounts.

• Password-Protect All Devices
– Use a passcode or security feature (like a finger swipe) to lock your phone or mobile device.computer

• Think before You App – Review the privacy policy and understand what data (such as location and entry to your social networks) the app can access on your device before you download. Delete apps you are no longer using.

• Own Your Online Presence – Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices. It is okay to limit how and with whom you share information – especially when you are away.

• Manage Location Services – Location tools come in handy while planning your trip or navigating a new place, but they can also expose your location ‒ even through photos. Turn off location services when not in use.

• Be Wary of WiFi Hot Spots
– Do not transmit personal info or make purchases on unsecure networks. Instead, use a virtual private network (VPN) or your phone as a personal hotspot to surf more securely.

• Turn Off WiFi and Bluetooth When Idle – When WiFi and Bluetooth are on, they connect and track your whereabouts. If you do not need them, switch them off.

• Protect Your Finances – Be sure to shop or bank only on secure sites. Web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://” means the site takes extra security measures. However, an “http://” address is not secure.

Source: National Cyber Security Alliance

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