When it comes to traveling, you’re most likely trying to focus on getting from Point A to Point B safely, but have you ever considered that not only do you have to be safe, but all of your devices need to be safe, too? Sure, for many people, it’s about simply putting them in a fanny pack that you can tuck into your clothes or just keeping all of your devices in your carry-on. While yes these do help out, it’s not exactly enough. It doesn’t even matter if you’re traveling locally or not.
Besides, it’s not like you can easily leave things at home, such as your phone; you need this for cheap airfare, and you also need it for other things such as GPS, getting rides, making payments, and so on. Unfortunately, anywhere, no matter where you’re traveling to, even in the city you’re currently living in, there’s always a risk with your devices. So, here’s exactly what you need to know and what you need to do in order to secure your devices during trips.
Keep Your Software Updated
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Before you embark on your journey, ensure that all your devices, including smartphones, laptops, and tablets, are running the latest software updates and security patches. These updates often include crucial security enhancements that can protect your device from vulnerabilities. Even when you’re traveling, you’re still going to have to be cautious. Ideally, not only do you have your software updated, but you should also try to be more tech literate, such as knowing what static IP vs dynamic IP both are, as well as how VPNs can help out when traveling too.
Enable Device Encryption
No one wants to think about their stuff getting stolen, but the odds are high in some areas. Think of Barcelona, for instance; it has a reputation for pickpockets and theft. While yes, the idea of something you spend hundreds, if not thousands, on is excruciating, it’s far better to at least know that it’s impossible for them to cause additional damage, such as getting your information. Some thieves only want the device to sell, while others want your info, such as your info and credit cards, while also wanting to sell it. So having encryption as well as making it hard to get onto your devices will help you out so much.
Always Use a VPN
Public Wi-Fi networks are convenient but often insecure; most travelers will try to use these at airports, cafes, hotels, etc. If you need to get online in public, then be careful if you can; try to avoid accessing sensitive information, such as online banking or confidential emails, while connected to public Wi-Fi. If necessary, use a VPN or your device’s mobile hotspot for a more secure connection. In general, even when you’re at home, having a VPN is helpful too.
Enable Biometric Authentication
Two-way authentication isn’t enough, especially if your devices are stolen, such as both your phone and computer. So, in order to entirely avoid any issues, it helps to do your biometrics. Whenever possible, use biometric authentication methods like fingerprint or facial recognition to unlock your devices. These methods are generally more secure than traditional PINs or passwords. These can’t really be replicated, either. It’s easier to crack into a phone with a passcode than a fingerprint.