Historically the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are the two busiest travel days of the year. Whether you are traveling for Thanksgiving, or you usually travel for work, it is important to protect yourself from cybercriminals. While traveling, use the following tips to stay safe.
Stop auto-connecting. Disable your device’s ability to connect automatically to wireless networks and via Bluetooth. Actively choose when and where to connect.
Stay protected while connected. Before you connect to a public hotspot, ensure the network is legitimate. While connected to public wi-fi, avoid sensitive actives such as banking or checking credit card balances. While traveling, consider downloading and using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). There are several free or low-cost options available for download.
Limit what you post on social media. Don’t share you are away from home or check-in at locations while on vacation. This information can be used both by criminals who may break into your home but also by social engineers to better target you.
Guard your mobile devices. Never leave your devices unattended in a public place. Mobile devices are both expensive and loaded with your personal information. Protect them accordingly.