I was on my way to Malaysia. There was this stay in Sri Lanka. It was just a five-hour stay in the hotel. I was really happy that I have this 4gp internet enabled on my smartphone and I will be able to watch a movie.
However, to my surprise. My internet went proof in just half an hour. When I inquired the balance, it was empty. Congo. My internet has been compromised. The cybersecurity threat that I kept reading about hit me.
Whether you’re in a home or traveling, cybersecurity threat is one thing that will keep you awake for nights just like it kept me awake the other night.
After the incident, I did some research and figured out some tips that can prevent business travelers from being hacked and feel the same as I did. Even the top industries are evolving and eliminating the cybersecurity threats that can costs bucks to them.
Although there is an option of auto lock in every device, you need to enable the PIN lock or the fingerprint lock to prevent your devices from being breached. No matter how many tools you’re carrying, it is good practice to keep them locked while you leave them unattended to do some other work. It is best to apply multiple factor security authentication to keep your devices more secure.
This will also act as a preventive measure if your device is lost or stolen and contains relevant data which you don’t want others to see.
2) Public Wifi is the ultimate killer
In the USA there are laws and regulations for using public Wifi which is governed by cybersecurity, but other countries across the globe do not follow these laws. The free Wifi is a great way to attract business travelers, but despite the FREE label, there is the cost that every traveler needs to pay. Moreover, the cost is in the form of a security threat.
No one knows about the vulnerability of the public Wifi. So, to remain on the safe side, you need to stay away from using public Wifi unless it is essential to do so. Moreover, even if you use public Wifi, clear the browser history after you use it.
3) Say bye to auto-connect
I don’t know about other countries, but in the US some settings enable every smartphone device to auto-connect with your smartphone. If you’re traveling, you need to ensure that your auto-connect option is turned off. Go over and watch some videos.
The Wifi networks that auto-connect can take advantage of your personal information and misuse it. Change this setting on your smartphone and even on your laptop to close one doorway to hack your devices on the go.
4) Avoid location sharing
This is the most common gateway which hackers use to breach through the smartphones and the laptop of nearby people.
This is the easiest way to breach-in to the device of people who don’t know much about hacking. Make sure that you don’t keep your location sharing on while you’re traveling.
Just turn-on the feature when you need to go anywhere and turn it off. Also leaving your devices is dangerous because hackers can access the data on your device just by swapping their phones.
If you consult any digital marketing agency in Australia or anywhere across the globe, you’ll conclude that everyone is using the paid version of anti-virus software for their agencies as well as for their personal use.
It is advised to use the purchased version of the anti-virus software for all your devices, even in your smartphones.
6) Keep your system up-to-date
Just as you update your smartphone with anti-virus software, you need to keep your phone updated with the latest version of the operating system that is working in the market.
This also goes for all the personal and financial updates of your apps. Keep them up-to-date to reduce the risk of being compromised.
7) Change your passwords often
If you’re planning to travel, start by changing all the passwords on your devices. Do not ignore this little act of security. Just do it. This will enhance the data security of your devices. Furthermore, one more time you need to update the passwords is when you land in a hotel. This will help you to secure your device without compromising the tools that you’re carrying.
Just like your location sharing and auto-connect feature, you need to turn off your Bluetooth connectivity while you’re traveling abroad. You don’t know what your nearby person us doing and when he can hack your phone to extract information from your phone.
In addition to applying these cyber security tips for your next trip, you should also check the laws and regulations of that country. By knowing what you’re about to get, it will be easy for you to apply those security tricks and follow the guidelines provided by the government of that particular country.