Cybersecurity on the go: Stay safe when traveling

When you’re on a trip, you’re not protected by the robust cybersecurity solutions your organisation has put in place. As we all know, using a public Wi-Fi, as you will often find no other alternatives, could potentially jeopardise the safety of your data. So, what can you do about protecting your data and device while traveling?

  1. Make sure it’s password-protected

If nothing else, a device can always get lost or stolen, so make sure its password protected so a third party won’t be able to access the data you’re storing on it. Two-factor authentication is a plus. If you truly want to go fool-proof, make sure that the disk is fully encrypted.

  1. Disable automatically connecting to Wi-Fi connections

This will prevent your device from automatically connecting to any unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Some networks, for example, can be explicitly designed to install malware on your device or intercept personal data, which is something you want to avoid being exposed to.

  1. On preventative measures

Ideally, don’t store sensitive personal data on your smart device if you can avoid it.

  1. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks

However, if you absolutely must, invest in obtaining a good VPN cybersecurity solution. This will create an encrypted connection between your device and the work network. Basically, it acts just like a proxy server, which should be enough to protect your data even if it’s intercepted on the way there, so no third party can look at it or steal it.