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PCSMay 31, 2023

7 Cybersecurity Tips for Summer Travel

Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean that hackers are too. Yesterday, Anthony explained Juice Jacking and how hackers use public USB charging ports in airports and hotels to hack into your devices.

While you plan your summer travels, it's important to prioritize cybersecurity to safeguard your digital footprint. Remember: Cybercriminals take advantage of travelers who may be more relaxed and vulnerable to online threats.

To help keep you safe, here are 7 Cybersecurity Tips for Summer Travel.

  1. Update Your Devices and Software: Before you hit the road, make sure all your devices—smartphones, tablets, laptops—are updated with the latest software patches and security updates. Updates often include critical bug fixes and security enhancements that protect against known vulnerabilities used by cybercriminals.
  2. Use Strong and Unique Passwords: Review your passwords before you travel and ensure they are strong and unique for each online account you have. Avoid using common or easily guessable passwords. Instead, create long, complex combinations of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Use a reliable password manager to securely store and generate unique passwords for all your accounts.
  3. Secure Your Wi-Fi Connections: When traveling, use caution when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks as they are often unsecured. If you do choose to use public Wi-Fi, avoid accessing sensitive information or logging into financial accounts. Consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your internet connection and protect your data from prying eyes.
  4. Be Wary of Suspicious Emails and Links: Phishing attacks are prevalent and can trick unsuspecting travelers into revealing personal information or clicking on malicious links. Be cautious when opening emails, especially those claiming to be from travel agencies, airlines, hotels, banks… you get the point. Avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading attachments and always verify the authenticity of emails and links before taking any action.
  5. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Take advantage of multi-factor authentication wherever possible. MFA adds extra layers of security by requiring additional verification steps such as a unique code sent to your mobile device after entering your password. By enabling MFA, even if your password is compromised, unauthorized access to your accounts is significantly more difficult.
  6. Backup Your Data: Before you embark on your summer adventure, back up your important data to a secure location. Use Cloud storage services or an external hard drive to create a copy of your documents, photos, and other valuable files. In case of loss, theft, or damage to your devices, having backups ensures you can recover your data without hassle.
  7. Be Mindful of Social Media Sharing: While sharing your vacation experiences on social media is tempting, be mindful of what you post and who can see it. Avoid sharing real-time updates that reveal you are away from home. Limiting the information you share reduces the risk of attracting criminals who may target empty residences. Adjust your privacy settings to control who can view your posts and consider sharing trip highlights until after you return home.

As you embark on your summer travels, remember that protecting your digital footprint is just as important as safeguarding your physical belongings. Following these essential cybersecurity travel tips can help you enjoy a safe and worry-free summer journey. Stay aware, stay protected, and safe travels!

Contact PCS for a Free 30-Minute Technology Consultation to learn more about how to stay cyber-safe this summer.