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While traveling for business, you’ll most likely be relying on the internet to help get you around, accomplish work tasks and post photos. However, this use of technology sometimes has risks attached. Continue reading to learn how to keep your information safe while traveling.
Don’t Automatically Trust Public Wi-Fi
When you’re away from your hotel all day and wanting to hop on your phone or laptop, especially if you do not have unlimited data, it can be all too tempting when you see a public Wi-Fi network pop up on your phone. What can be the harm in joining it for a few minutes to refresh Instagram or check your emails? Unfortunately, some of these networks can make individuals’ information more vulnerable, even those at your hotel. It is best to avoid unencrypted networks and other Wi-Fi hotspots, as hackers sometimes lurk in these areas to steal personal information.
Update Passwords Before Traveling
It is understandable that you want to keep your passwords as simple as possible. But many individuals make it a bit too easy for criminals to access their accounts. Keeping your best interests in mind, you should update your passwords regularly and have a different password for each account, especially prior to traveling. If you’re worried about forgetting your passwords, write them in your phone’s Notes app or on a piece of paper. Thankfully, facial recognition and fingerprints make it easier for you to log into your accounts if you happen to forget your password.
Similar to the public Wi-Fi issue, Bluetooth can also make you more susceptible to hackers wanting to steal your information. When left on, Bluetooth can put your data at risk. It is simple to turn this feature off in your phone’s settings. Throughout your travels, there shouldn’t be much reason to use Bluetooth, but if you need to, it can quickly be turned back on. If you have no reason to use it, it is recommended that you keep it disabled while traveling.
There are numerous ways to add an extra layer of protection to your information in order to avoid it getting stolen or misused. Traveling is a great way to get your mind off of your everyday stresses, but you cannot allow yourself to put your guard down by absentmindedly enabling hackers to access your information. The more precautions you take, the less worrisome you’ll be that your information will get into the wrong hands and the more enjoyable your trip will become.