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As traveling becomes more viable again thanks to rising vaccination rates, you can finally pack your bags and satisfy your itchy travel feet. But before you do, you should take a few steps to improve your cybersecurity.
After all, like many modern travelers, you probably carry digital copies of your essential documents on your devices. You may also have essential data on your laptop, such as work documents or precious pictures and videos. With suitable security measures, you can avoid headaches on the road, especially in the face of more alarming cybersecurity threats during the pandemic.
#1 Scan your computer for malware before you go
Before you start the trip, scan your computer for malware to avoid unpleasant surprises on the go. Remember, certain malware like viruses can render your computer inoperable. A free online virus removal tool that has anti-malware capabilities will clean your system quickly and efficiently.
#2 Update your software
You never know when you’ll get an opportunity on the road to download security updates. It’s also not advisable to download patches on an unsecured public Internet connection. Update your operating system, web browser, and other critical software a few days before you depart.
#3 Strengthen Network Security
Criminals are often on the prowl for travelers at popular public WiFi networks such as airports, hotels, cafes, and eateries. Because these connections usually have weak network defenses, hackers can manipulate them to breach your security and privacy. A cybercriminal could copy your documents or the usernames and passwords to your financial or travel accounts within minutes. Alternatively, a hacker may employ a person-in-the-middle attack to trick your loved ones into sending them money or sharing sensitive information.
To strengthen network security, follow these two steps:
#4 Use Biometric Authentication
Secure your laptop and mobile with biometric authentication if it’s available because this is the most secure type of verification. If biometric verification isn’t an option, please set a strong password that a thief will struggle to guess. A good password should be around ten characters long and carry letters, numbers, and symbols.
#5 Enable Location Features
Misplacing your phone or laptop in a foreign country can be an ordeal. That’s why you should enable features that help you locate your device using GPS.
#6 Download Banking Apps
Should your credit card be stolen while traveling, you must deactivate it immediately before a thief can rack up the charges. Of course, calling your bank while on the go can be difficult. But with your banking app, you should be able to deactivate your credit card in an instant. Most modern banking apps have biometric security. Please take advantage of this to keep your financial data secure.
Just one cybersecurity issue can turn your entire journey into a nightmare. Protect yourself with the right technology to have a safe and enjoyable journey.