WE all deserve a vacation — but taking a break from cybersecurity is a bad idea.
Cyber crooks work all year round so make sure you don’t make any iPhone, Facebook or WhatsApp blunders this summer.
When you have a trip planned, you need to take the safety precautions.
“As restrictions on PCR tests, passenger tracing forms and strict mask-wearing ease, we’re already boarding a plane, diving into a pool and ordering a cocktail,” said cybersecurity firm Panda Security.
“However, flight cancellations are not the only thing to look out for when preparing for your next vacation.
“Travellers should not only be afraid of pickpockets on their next vacation, but also pay attention to their cyber security.”
The cybersecurity experts have shared four tips to stay safe online this summer.
When traveling you will almost certainly use public WiFi.
This can be in a restaurant, airport or any other public place.
But be very careful – it is full of risks.
“Hackers have ways to monitor traffic going in and out of public Wi-Fi networks,” Panda Security said.
“Traffic can include anything like personal passwords and social security numbers.
“So if you plan to use public Wi-Fi, remember that anything you share on your smartphone while connected to the network may be something you unintentionally share with others.”
Also, consider using a VPN app that encrypts your activity so hackers can’t see what you’re doing.
Going on vacation is always a highlight of the year.
So you will definitely want to showcase your holiday on social media.
Still, you must do it safely.
“Sharing your location could alert troublemakers that you’re not home,” Panda Security explains.
“Break-ins are on the rise in the UK and the more you share on social media, the more information you are giving out to the world for people to benefit from.”
Consider not uploading photos and videos until you get home.
Find my device
Losing your iPhone in the UK can be a real pain.
But losing it on vacation can make things worse.
Luckily, there’s an Apple feature that can track a lost iPhone even when it’s turned off.
“Ensuring that you can find your device when things go wrong is crucial,” says Panda Security.
“Turn on features like iOS ‘Find My’ to be able to locate your device in case of an incident, or especially if you want to share your location with your friends and family.”
When we are not at home, we are sometimes dependent on public funds.
This can be a public PC – perhaps one at the hotel you are staying at, in a library, or at the airport.
Unfortunately, this always comes with risks, so use these machines with caution.
“Travellers should think twice before entering sensitive information or connecting smart devices or USB sticks to a public PC,” Panda Security warns.
“Hackers have the power to log any information you enter and use it to infect your connected device.”
The cyber experts added: “As we all travel again, use these tips and tricks to be better prepared for your upcoming summer vacation.
“Updating your apps and operating system to ensure your data is securely backed up so all your pictures are safe and sound in case something is lost or broken while on vacation.”
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