Keep Your Head Above Ground When It Comes to Summer Online Security

Don’t be an ostrich this summer when it comes to your online security. In other words, don’t put your head in the ground when you take a vacation because hackers and malware NEVER take a vacation. So, while you’re on vacation, here are my “10 Tips” to protect your online security:

TIP 1: Don’t use Wi-Fi in airports or hotels – even if it’s free. Wi-Fi’s in those areas are usually open networks, meaning that anyone could see what you’re doing on the web.

TIP 2: Don’t post vacation updates on Facebook or Twitter while you’re away from home.

TIP 3: Don’t use Foursquare, Gowalla, or Yelp to check into places while away from home on vacation. (I never check-in on Foursquare, but I highly recommend that you don’t use it when out of your home area because you could return to a ransacked home.)

TIP 4: If you’re traveling with a laptop, encrypt your hard-drive (if you haven’t done so yet).

TIP 5: If you’re traveling with a smartphone and tablet, make sure to password-protect them.

TIP 6: Since a smartphone may be your most used gadget, review the app settings on a regular basis because their geo-tagging and privacy settings may change without alerting you.

TIP 7: Before you leave for a vacation, back-up your laptop.

TIP 8: Before you leave for a vacation, be sure to install a remote wipe app on your smartphone so that in the event you lose it away from home, you can wipe all the data remotely.

TIP 9: Don’t create an automatic response for your personal email saying that you are on vacation.

TIP 10: If you do early Christmas holiday shopping to take advantage of summer sales, don’t allow eCommerce sites to keep your credit card data. Register as a “guest” each time – it may take a little longer, but your data won’t stay with the retailer – and won’t be available if any type of data breach happens with the retailer’s site.

What would you add to the list?


About Allan Pratt

Technology and cybersecurity professional with focus on tech news, cybersecurity, networking, infrastructure, data protection, consumer electronics, and social media.
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