It’s that time of year again when many people are traveling, and usually their tech devices are traveling with them. Here is a list of good advice to remember when you are traveling with your laptops and mobile devices this summer. (Many of the good pointers are courtesy of wtkr.com.)
- Lock down your login – Fortify your online accounts and enable the strongest authentication tools, such biometrics, security keys or one-time codes through an app.
- Keep up to date with your security software. (This is also important when your are not traveling.)
- Make sure all of your devices are password protected.
- Be careful of your privacy and security preferences. Make sure you are comfortable allowing social media to access your location and manage your location services.
- Be smart about WIFI hotspots. Use a VPN or your cellular connection.
- Delete unused apps.
- Turn off WIFI and Bluetooth when you are not using it.
- Never use public computers to log into an account.
- Report stolen, lost or compromised devices.
- Keep devices with you or somewhere secure.
- If using a phone outside of the US, be aware of roaming charges. Contact your carrier for a travel plan.
- Buy power adaptors before you leave the country to charge devices.
- Keep a digital scan of your passport.
- Remember, your laptop will have to be out of a bag when going through security.
Stay safe both personally and technologically this summer!