I’m always nervous using public WiFi on my computer, tablet, and phone when traveling. Despite that fear, I still regularly use public WiFi out of necessity. But sometimes I have to do things like pay bills, or make a purchase with a credit card, and it makes me very nervous. In those cases, I almost always delay until I’m back home. If you are heading out soon on winter or spring break, and plan on bringing along some electronic devices, there are some internet security tips when traveling that can help limit the risk.
PrivateGiant CEO and security expert Shaun Murphy sent over these tips for keeping personal files and information safe while away from home. PrivateGiant is a technology firm that is dedicated to restoring privacy to online communications for both individual and enterprises. Before going on vacation, or using any sort of public WiFi, it’s a good idea to review these tips and make sure that you know what to do to keep your information safe.
Internet Security Tips When Traveling
Before Leaving On Your Family Vacation
- Run all available security updates on your devices. If there are any security patches or updates, this will make your devices more safe.
- Remove any sensitive information from your devices before traveling, so it won’t be available if your devices are stolen. Also clear any saved passwords as well as your browser cache.
- Create temporary passwords to minimize risk if you are hacked.
Internet Security Tips While On The Road
- Look for the more secure https:// rather than http:// when entering personal information or passwords. Murphy recommends the following site for learning more about why this is important: https://www.eff.org/Https-everywhere. He also recommends enabling two-factor authentication – http://www.google.com/landing/2step/.
- Use a VPN on your computer if possible.
- Try not to post too many details of your vacation on social media (Admittedly, this is a tough one for me to follow. If you do have to post pictures, consider waiting until you return home).
- Shut off the wireless connection on your phones, tablets, and laptops when you aren’t using them.
Upon Returning From Your Family Vacation
- Check all of your devices for malware and/or viruses.