With warm weather right around the corner, you have most likely started to think about summer getaways. Whether you’re considering a relaxing family vacation, an exotic experiential excursion or a long-awaited high school reunion, chances are you will use an Internet-connected device to make your travel plans. According to USDM.net, in 2016 most digital travel bookers will use mobile devices to conduct research, with an overwhelming majority – 90 percent – using smartphones. Once on vacation, travelers will also use smartphones and other mobile devices to keep them “in the know” about local hotspots while navigating new cities and countries and sharing tales of their trips with family and friends back home.
With an increasing amount of our lives spent online, including those periods when we are away from home, it’s important to keep our devices safe and secure. With summer on the horizon, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has provided some user-friendly STOP. THINK. CONNECT. travel tips to help vacationers protect themselves, their families and the extended online community while away. By following some smart practices, travelers can use the Internet with greater confidence during a summer escape.
NCSA’s Top Tips before Hitting the Road
Make Sure All Devices Are Password Protected
Use a passcode or security feature (like a finger swipe) to lock your mobile device.
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 devices and apps updated during travel. It is your best line of defense.
Get 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 media and financial accounts.
Think Before You App
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.
See NCSA’s Cyber Trip Advisor (PDF) for more tips.