How to avoid getting hacked while travelling

Gone are the days when the last thing a person would think of packing was a charger. Nowadays, it is considered a norm to bring along all, if not most of your electronics with you, especially for the remote worker.

One of the last things you would want while on the road is getting locked out of your device, or finding that your accounts have been compromised. To avoid that from happening, here are a few measures you can take to keep yourself from getting hacked while on holiday.

1. Fully update software on your devices before travelling

Many people overlook the importance of updating operation systems, anti-malware, security, and anti-virus software always leaving it for later. Updates patch up ‘holes’ in your software that could potentially leave your device vulnerable to hacking. For greater measure, make sure you update your software on a regular basis.

2. Change passwords before travelling

One thing that could possibly put a damper on your holiday is finding out that you have lost access to your accounts. To reduce the chances of that happening, change all your passwords before hitting the road. Make sure that you use strong passwords with upper and lower case, numbers and symbols.

3. Be wary with public WiFi

One of the worst things you can assume is that the WiFi in a building is safe because it is named after the establishment. Hackers are able to create a fake hot spot, potentially enabling them to obtain your data and passwords should you connect to their network. Using mobile data from a SIM card may be a better option should you require to access the internet.

4. Activate device encryption when you are travelling

Encryption scrambles the information that you store, rendering it useless to a certain party unless you have a ‘key’ to unscramble the information. You can download a third-party encryption tool if your device does not come with one.

5. Use incognito/private browsers when using a public computer

Web browsers have the knack of keeping a history of your visited web pages, downloads, and the lot and if you don’t want others knowing what you are up to, use Incognito mode on Google Chrome or a private window/browser which will clear all your cookies and cache once you are done.

6. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) tool on your devices

A VPN tool will send your information through a discreet tunnel, encrypting it along the way, making it a secure connection as it allows you access a private network through public networks, making it harder for hackers to obtain your information.

7. Password protect your smartphone

This may be a bit of a hassle but it is better to be safe than sorry. The harder it is for people to access your smartphone, the better it is for you when it comes to keeping your information safe.

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