Stay Cyber-Safe on the Go: Travel Security Tips

Author: Oludayo

The Dangers of Public Wi-Fi
Sneaky Snoops: Public Wi-Fi networks are often not secure. Hackers can watch what you’re doing online and steal important information like passwords and bank details.
Fake Hotspots: Some criminals create fake Wi-Fi networks that look real, like “Airport_WiFi”. They use these to trick people into connecting and then steal their data.

Travel Safety Tips You Need
Use a VPN: A Virtual Private Network hides your online activity, making it harder for hackers to see what you’re doing. Check out a reputable VPN provider here.
Use Your Phone’s Hotspot: If you have enough data on your phone, it’s safer to use its internet instead of public Wi-Fi.
Be Careful What You Do: Avoid doing sensitive things like online banking on public Wi-Fi. It’s safer to wait until you’re on a secure network.
Turn Off Auto-Connect: Stop your devices from automatically joining unknown Wi-Fi networks.

Protect Your Devices Before and During Your Trip

Lock Your Devices: Use strong passwords or passcodes on your phone, laptop, and anything else you’re bringing.
Update Everything: Make sure your devices have the latest software updates before you leave. These updates often fix security problems.
Enable Tracking: Features like “Find My iPhone” can help you find your device if it’s lost or stolen.
Keep Your Devices Close: Be careful with your devices, especially in busy places.

What to Do If Something Goes Wrong
Remote Wipe: If your device is lost or stolen, you can usually erase all your data from afar.
Change Your Passwords: If your lost device had access to important accounts, like your bank or email, change your passwords right away.

Bonus Tip: Travel Light
The less important information you carry with you, the less you have to worry about losing. Consider leaving non-essential devices at home.

Consumer Reports guide to public Wi-Fi security:
FBI travel safety tips (includes cybersecurity):