Information is valuable. Whether that is your own personal data, or business data and that is why billions is spent every year enhancing and developing cyber security. You may be familiar with the security when working from your own country, but when you start to travel to other countries, then you are more vulnerable to attack. What can you do to protect yourself and your devices? Here are a few tips:
Make Every Device Safe
We all use a multitude of devices to connect with the internet today, tablets, mobiles, iPad’s, laptops, etc. Therefore, security can be breached on any one of them. Don’t assume that just because you seldom use your tablet, that it doesn’t need the same level of protection. It does. You should adjust the settings on all your devices so that they can only be accessed with a unique PIN that only you knows. It is also a good idea to change that PIN regularly.
Don’t Allow Your Device To Auto Connect To Anything!
This is something that many people do not give a second thought to, but it is vitally important in security. Devices have the feature of being able to seamlessly connect to different Wi-Fi networks as you move around. This is great on a personal level for accessing social media sites, for example, but is definitely to be discouraged when travelling. Change the settings on your device so that you have to connect manually each time you need to access the internet.
This is something often overlooked as not everyone uses Bluetooth regularly as a feature of their device. When turned on, Bluetooth emits a signal and is as problematic as auto connect. So, remember to disable it!
This probably goes without saying, but it’s important. Many people have become obsessed with sharing every last detail about themselves. Or at the very least, sharing pictures or information about the locations they have visited or are visiting. More than one thief has capitalized on knowing about a person’s absence from home due to the power of sharing. Hopefully, you won’t be doing this anyway on your business trip, but habits die hard.
Have You Got Adequate Anti-Virus Protection?
You should have, but are you sure? A little check on the vulnerability of your electronic devices before setting off on a business trip is worthwhile to ensure all anti-virus software is adequate and up-to-date.
Update, Update, Update!
Always ensure all your devices have the latest updates on them. Updates are not created to annoy you, they are created to address vulnerabilities in an operating system in response to ever more evolving hacking techniques.
Guess the Password
Passwords are the single most significant pieces of cyber security you can implement, in addition to a PIN or 2-factor authentication. Don’t use common words as password. Similarly, don’t use the names and birthdates of family members, as these can easily be guessed. Create a password suing upper case, lower, case, numerical and symbols for the most effective. Of course, it will need to be something you remember. Oh, and don’t use the same password on all devices.