by admin — last modified Feb 03, 2017 12:43 PM
Thoughts on February's OUCH! Staying Secure on the Road
Good advice follows below. If you're concerned about privacy, consider using a VPN all the time. Let's tamp that down to 'almost all the time' as you may want to disable the VPN while streaming Netflix. The VPN will make you appear from different IP addresses making it harder to be tracked. This recent article is a good backgrounder and recommends VPN providers: The Best VPN Services of 2017. —Ned Schumann
Staying Secure on the Road - Overview
We cover how you can connect to the Internet and use your devices securely on the road.
While your network at home or at work may be secure, you should assume that any network you connect to when traveling cannot be trusted. You never know who else is on it and what they may be doing. Here are some simple steps that go a long way to protecting you and your data before you travel:
- The safest information is information you don’t have. Identify what data you do not need on any devices you are bringing with you and then remove that information. This can significantly reduce the impact if your devices are lost, stolen, or impounded by customs or border security. If your trip is work related, ask your supervisor if your organization provides devices that are used specifically for working while traveling.
- Lock your mobile devices and/or laptop with a strong password or passcode. This way, if it’s stolen or lost, people cannot access your information on it. In addition, enable or install full disk encryption on your mobile devices and laptops. For most mobile devices, this is automatically enabled when you use a screen lock.
- Install or enable software on your device so you can remotely track where your device is, and even remotely wipe it, if it has been lost or stolen.
- Update your devices, applications, and anti-virus software before leaving so that you are running the latest versions. Many attacks focus on systems with outdated software.
- Do a complete backup of all your devices. This way, if something does happen to them while traveling, you still have all of your original data in a secured location.
- For international travel, check what service plan you have for your phone with your mobile service provider. Service providers often charge high rates for international data usage; you may wish to disable your cellular data capabilities while traveling internationally or purchase a local prepaid SIM card to allow for international travel.