Digital security tips for holiday travelers

A category of technology users who are significantly exposed to the dangers of malicious campaigns are travelers. As long as they move from one place to another without using secure and private connections, the protection of their personal data and online accounts is threatened. As the travel season increases, the ESET gathered basic instructions for travelers to protect their personal information, accounts and devices.


1. Restrict third-party access to your devices. Always use
complex PINs and passwords for all your electronic devices. If possible, install a security solution that allows you to remotely manage your device and, in the event of theft or loss, lock or disable it remotely. Also try to encrypt storage drives such as external or hard drives and use USB Shield, especially if you have lent the drive to other people. Caution is also needed in USB charging stations, which can usually be found at airports and other public places.

2. Protect your data. Connecting to public networks is risky, so it is initially recommended to use a VPN service, which can increase the level of security when transferring data, even if there are unreliable connections. After disconnecting, delete the networks you were connected to. Be sure to update your operating systems and applications and remember to turn off Bluetooth and the WiFi of your devices if you are not using them. End, be careful when creating staff WiFi Hotspot with your mobile phone, use secure passwords and turn it off when you are no longer using it.

3. Enhance the authentication of your online accounts. Enabling 2FA certification can prevent potential intruders from compromising your account, so make sure you always use this feature. Check regularly for unusual movements in your bank and social media accounts and be on the lookout for security alerts. Do not hesitate to change your login credentials if you suspect that your accounts have been compromised by creating strong and unique passwords with the help of a special tool, Password Manager.

4. Protect your privacy, both before and during your trip. In many public networks Wi-Fi personal data is requested to allow the connection, e.g. one emails or even create a special account. The general rule is not to share your actual data and to maintain a separate account with an email address specifically for these occasions. You also check the privacy policy regarding data usage. Be careful with the information you post on social media, as it can be used for malicious purposes. When cybercriminals know where you are at all times, they can use the information to contact your family, alleging abduction or invading your home while it is empty. Publishing airline ticket photos showing all the information and barcodes is also a very dangerous practice.

5. Protect your online shopping. Prefer to buy tickets and hotel reservations with credit instead of debit card, because if your credit card is stolen, it is much easier to report the incident and correct the situation than with a debit card, while in addition , you do not risk being in the middle of your trip with an empty bank account. Be careful when withdrawing money from ATMs and make sure that there are no easily removable parts in the card readers where you insert your bank card. If your card has a chip RFID, you can protect it with the special cover that blocks the signal.

6. Beware of scams especially for travelers. Travelers are a common target for scams with tempting travel deals, which are emailed or displayed in social media updates. To find out if these are bids, make sure the link you click on leads to a genuine site. If you need to send confidential information, make sure the connection is encrypted with HTTPS. Use other channels (phone or communication via verified social media profiles) to contact the provider, which is supposed to have prepared the offer, and verify that it is genuine. Lastly, always use a strong security solution, which can detect malware attempts on your computer.

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