You’ve chosen your destination, booked your tickets & packed everything. Does this include your phone, tablet, or laptop too? Don’t forget the security of your devices when traveling as well! Watch this short video to find out more:
The main takeaways from the video:
1. Prepare your devices
Change the default passwords for your devices. A strong password is the best line of defense against unauthorized access. If possible, use multi-factor authentication for all accounts.
always use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
use strong passwords & enable passwords on ALL your devices
turn off Bluetooth and location when not in use
2. Be extra careful in public
Avoid lending or leave your devices unattended. Consider using special pouches or wallets with RFID-blocking technology.
avoid using public Wi-Fi, computers, or even public charging stations
bring your own cable, and charge your devices in a wall socket
do not charge from another device, someone else’s cable or a power bank
3. Enable device tracking i.e. “Find my Device”
Both Google and Apple offer similar services that can locate a stolen or lost device. In order for these to be used however, some preparation ahead of time is required.
The remote wipe feature can be used to delete your personal information on the device, in case it gets stolen or lost.
Depending on your holiday destination, the government can try and monitor your devices and activities. Different countries have various levels of scrutiny – make sure you research your travel destination when making the decision where to spend your holidays.
5. Sit back and relax? Don’t overthink!
When all is said and done, don’t forget to enjoy your vacation too. Your data and devices can never be too safe, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend all vacation trying to secure them.
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Goce Arsovski (North Macedonia) is a cybersecurity consultant, author and Master Trainer. Focused on social engineering prevention & mitigation, Goce applies his subject-matter expertise in guiding organizations and high-risk individuals in establishing and maintaining a more secure digital presence.
Goce is passionate about open data, transparency, and demystification & democratization of learning.