With the busy travel season upon us, it’s important to make sure that you are keeping your personal information safe and secure. When enjoying your family vacation or time home for the holidays, it’s easy to forget about internet safety. Did you know that the lack of a secure internet and Wi-Fi connection can leave you susceptible to problems that will haunt you long after your vacation ends? PrivateGiant, a technology firm dedicated to restoring privacy to online communications for individuals and enterprises, shared with us privacy and internet security tips from security expert Shaun Murphy. These tips will help keep you and your computer safe from potential issues.
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Internet Security Tips for Your Family Vacation to Avoid Hacking
Things To Do Before You Go
Update the Software on All of Your Devices
Don’t leave any holes that could leave you open to a hacker. Check devices that you are leaving at home too.
Create a Back UP
Wipe Out History and Saved Passwords
Clear your browser cache files and remove saved passwords from any device that you bring with you. If you accidentally connect to an an unsecure site, your personal information will be safe.
Make Temporary Fake Passwords
Create temporary passwords for your sites. If you do get hacked this will prevent other accounts (with the same or similar passwords) from being compromised at home.
While You’re Traveling
Pay for the Upgrade
Avoid logging on to free Wi-Fi where the connection is unsecure. It’s better to pay a fee for a secure site than to take the risk.
Know if You are Browsing Safely
Make sure you are using a secured connection to websites when available. A simple “s” (https:// instead of http:// in your web browser’s URL bar) will protect you from most threats.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Enable two-factor authentication on your important web services (email, social media, etc.) so in the event that someone does gain access to your passwords they need a second code to get in. Guidelines for setting up two-factor authentication can be found at http://www.google.com/landing/2step/.
Use a VPN
For additional security when using a Wi-Fi network at a hotel or airport, consider using a VPN on your laptop. A VPN creates an encrypted connection to a third-party server, and all your internet traffic is routed through that server.
Be Aware of Too Much Sharing
While it is tempting to post about vacations and adventures on social media to stay in touch with family and friends, resist the urge. All information you publicly share, criminals can use to piece together your life that can lead to them cracking your passwords and hacking your digital accounts.
Shut Down Your Wireless
Switch off the wireless connection on your phone, tablet and laptop when they are not in use. Prevent an opportunity for criminals to automatically connect to your device on an open network without you ever knowing what happened.
After You Return Home
Do a Security Sweep
Running a security sweep when you get home is a wise precaution. Check your computer and other devices for spyware, malware, and viruses.
For more information about protecting your security and privacy online, visit: www.privategiant.com.
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