August 24, 2015 1:09 am
• Keep a Clean Machine - Before you hit the road, make sure all security and critical software is up-to-date on your Internet-connected devices and keep them updated during travel. It is your best line of defense.
• Plan Two Steps Ahead - Turn on two-step authentication (also known as multi-factor authentication) for an extra layer of security beyond the password that is available on most major email, social and financial accounts.
• Password-Protect All Devices - Use a passcode or security feature (like a finger swipe) to lock your phone or mobile device.
• Own Your Online Presence - Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices. It is okay to limit how and with whom you share information – especially when you are away.
• Manage Location Services - Location tools come in handy while planning your trip or navigating a new place, but they can also expose your location ‒ even through photos. Turn off location services when not in use.
• Be Wary of WiFi Hot Spots - Do not transmit personal info or make purchases on unsecure networks. Instead, use a virtual private network (VPN) or your phone as a personal hotspot to surf more securely.
• Turn Off WiFi and Bluetooth When Idle - When WiFi and Bluetooth are on, they connect and track your whereabouts. If you do not need them, switch them off.
• Protect Your Finances - Be sure to shop or bank only on secure sites. Web addresses with "https://" or "shttp://" means the site takes extra security measures. However, an "http://" address is not secure.
Source: National Cyber Security Alliance
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