Tips to Protect Your Data While Traveling

Let’s be real. Scammers don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. They will always be out there lurking for the next victim. And unfortunately, travelers are frequently targeted by scammers – particularly hackers. Your personal data is much more valuable than your personal items. But, with these simple steps, you can make it much harder for thieves to steal your information.

Seven Ways to Travel with Peace of Mind:

  1. Before you go on a trip, make sure your identification is up-to-date. The worse thing you want to have happen is to get to the airport, only to discover that your passport is expired.
  2. Update all of your electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc). Make sure the operating systems and anti-virus software are the latest versions.
  3. Disable any settings that automatically connect to open wi-fi networks, such as those found in airports, hotels, and coffee shops.
  4. Back up your data or transfer it to a storage device, such as an external hard drive.
  5. Avoid shopping online and checking your bank account balances in public. If you do have to check your bank account, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN will route your online activity through an encrypted server.
  6. Don’t fall for phishing attempts that are sent to you by text or email. If you don’t recognize the sender, don’t click on any links.
  7. Finally, just to be safe, use your own portable charging station and bring your own chords. It’s fast and easy and will help you avoid becoming a victim.
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