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?
- 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.
- 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.
- On preventative measures
Ideally, don’t store sensitive personal data on your smart device if you can avoid it.
- 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.