Avoid getting hacked while travelling

Prevention is better than cure

Are you travelling during the holidays? By taking some precautions you can avoid getting hacked while travelling. It is not the moment to invite troubles. Do not let the bad guys hijacked your holidays. As the adage says “prevention is better than cure.” It is better to try to keep a bad thing from happening than it is to fix the bad thing once it has happened. Simply do not get hacked.

Travelling woman at Airport
Airports are the prime target of hackers.
Photo credit: Quinn Kampschroer

This period of the year is among the busiest travel days mostly everywhere around the world. This means that when the airspaces are busy; airports are going crazy with large fluxes of people. It also implies that there will be a massive usage of smartphones. It is not a big deal for hackers to get your data on airport Wi-Fi. Whenever Wi-Fi is free, this is where you need to be cautious. You could easily have your information stolen because of insecure public connections

So what can you do to keep your personal data secure?

Never use a public charging station. You can have your device infected by malware.

Advice:  Use your own cable and power adapter into a power outlet.

Free is expensive! Beware of free public Wi-Fi.
Free Wi-Fi is very convenient in airport but dangerous. Among the different techniques that exist, hackers are a threat to public Wi-Fi through man-in-the-middle attacks.

Advice:  To add a comfortable level of security, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which allows you to set your own private network. It is basically a secure network within a network. Visit only secure websites, that is websites which have ‘https’ at the beginning of the URL. The best option is to use 4G.

Encrypt your data/device. It is even more important tom encrypt your data when you are traveling.

Turn off your Bluetooth, GPS & Wi-Fi
Your device will not connect by itself to any network.

Be cautious.. Have fun and above all enjoy your holidays

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Jkev

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