12Jul/16

Sure Maritime Travel tips to keep your data safe and secure while travelling

The impulse to connect immediately on touching down abroad means the majority of people are connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi networks and putting their personal data at risk. The Kaspersky Lab research shows that three quarters of people (82%) connect to unsecured, free-at-use public access Wi-Fi networks (such as at airport terminals, hotels, cafes and restaurants) as soon as they land.

Travelers are more likely to be mugged virtually than physically…

  1. Update systems and passwords

Don’t forget to update all operating systems and passwords. Having the latest version will help protect travelers’ data. Update passwords as well. Try to use a 10 character password with at least one upper case letter, number and symbol. 

  1. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

Don’t click on ‘too good to be true’ offers’. One of hacker’s favorite tricks during the gift giving season is to post links for free gift cards to get the victim to click and invite the hacker into their system.

  1. Use a VPN when connecting to public Wi-Fi

Use a virtual private network (VPN) when logging onto free Wi-Fi in public. A VPN disguises your IP address, rendering you anonymous while online.

  1. Back Up!

Prior to travelling, ensure that your data is backed up and stored onto media that you safely leave at home or on the cloud.

 



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