Vacationer using laptop with a secure VPN to check in on work.

Travel Tips: Vacation Cyber Safety – Tech Tip for June 22, 2021

Are you finally traveling again this summer? Do you have a big trip planned or just a few days away? While fun and relaxation is the goal, a recent study from TurnKey indicated that 70% of respondents admitted to checking in with their workplace from vacation at least occasionally. Meanwhile, in a Forbes survey 92% of respondents admitted to doing some work on dedicated leisure vacations. With that in mind, here are a few safety tips to follow if you need to check up on work or access sensitive information, such as your bank account, while traveling.

  • Limit what you do on public Wi-Fi. If possible, avoid logging into accounts that have sensitive information such as banking and email.
  • If you must work or really need to access your financial information on the road, ensure the systems you access use encryption and that you have multi-factor authentication turned on. If you’re unsure if a website is encrypted, consider using a trusted virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot for a more secure connection.
  • Set your device settings to always ask permission before connecting to a Wi-Fi network.
  • It is important to remember that laptops, phones and tablets should never be left unattended. Ensure your devices are always with you. If you are staying in a hotel, the best thing to do is lock them in a safe. If a safe is not available, lock them in your luggage.
  • If you visit the hotel’s business center, avoid using public equipment – such as phones, computers and fax machines – for sensitive communication.

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