Often when we go on holiday we jeopardise our own personal information, either by using credit cards in foreign countries, announcing our travels on social media or using open networks while travelling. Below are 10 tips on how to be more cautious when on holiday.
1 Don’t shout it from the rooftops
Don’t broadcast your upcoming holiday on social media. And if you do, then don’t reveal too many details about your plans. This information could be useful for someone with a sinister motive and could leave your home and valuables exposed.
Make sure you deactivate your GPS. This way you don’t have to worry about it giving away clues of your whereabouts which might avert criminals to the fact that you’re out of town.
2 Back-up all your devices
If you have decided to take your laptop, tablet or smartphone with you on holiday – don’t forget to make back-ups of the data and store it in a secure place.
3 Protect yourself
Antivirus, firewall… make sure that all of your security measures are fully functioning before you head off on your travels.
4 Avoid public connections
Despite having an antivirus or firewall in place, try to avoid using open networks as much as possible. By connecting to public WIFI, you run the risk of cyber-criminals accessing your personal information.
5 Just stick to your own computer
Try to avoid using unknown computers. This includes computers in your hotel or internet cafes as any information that you enter could be compromised. This could put your privacy and security at risk.
6 Change your passwords
When using public computers, only use secure webpages and try to use it through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) so that the information is coded. As an additional precaution when you use your personal computer again, change your passwords.
7 Be wary of offers
Summer is a prime time for fraudulent offers. Research the offer to authenticate it and make sure that the website is a secure site before accepting the offer.
8 Activate security measure on your Smartphone
Prepare your cellphone for the worst – if you lose it or it is stolen, you’ll be glad that you activated one of the applications that allows you to locate your phone or deactivate it remotely. Android devices come with this feature built in thanks to the Android Device Manager. You can also use a third-party app that has similar features to remote wipe or deactivate your phone.
9 Buy with caution
When completing a purchase online, such as hotel or flight reservation, keep an eye on your personal details. Electronic payment systems and credit cards come with security measures to aid you in shopping securely. However, monitor your accounts to make sure that unauthorized purchases don’t appear. If you spot anything out of the ordinary, change your passwords and contact your bank.
10 Take caution with external hardware
If someone shares something with you via a USB or external hard drive, be sure to scan it with an antivirus first. Not only are there hidden dangers on the internet, but also on external drives.