Do you want to ensure your business is keeping it’s IT safe and preventing hacking and any other similar issues? These tips are here to help.
- Lock Down Devices
Today’s smartphones, tablets, and laptops all have security settings that allow you to lock such devices using either a fingerprint ID or PIN number. You should do this on each device available. When you travel, don’t forget to change the PIN numbers that you use regularly.
If you have momentarily forgotten or misplaced any of your device, this will be your first line of defense against a potential breach in security.
- Be Careful When Using Public Wi-Fi
The regulations and rules governing cyber security in other countries will typically not be the same as those of the United States. Free Wi-Fi access tends to be quite appealing for leisure or business travelers, but it tends to be quite vulnerable to security issues. You should avoid using unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. You should also find out from your hotel about the security protocol it uses before you connect to the Internet. Be extra careful when using Internet cafes as well as free Wi-Fi hotspots and experts from Evolution Jobs say that if you must use them, don’t access sensitive data or personal accounts when connected to such networks.
- Avoid Using Auto-Connect
The vast majority of phones in the United States have a setting that allows devices to connect automatically to Wi-Fi networks as you pass through them on your everyday activities. While this is a nice feature when at home, it isn’t something that should be enabled when traveling abroad. Before traveling, you should change the setting so that your laptop and smartphone must be connected manually whenever you wish to access the Internet.
- Minimize Location Sharing
Travelers often update social networking platforms as they move about new cities or even countries. Unfortunately, this kind of excessive sharing tends to create a security thereat at home. If you signal your every location, it becomes much easier for criminals to determine that you are not at home or in your hotel, which leaves your personal belongings in these areas vulnerable to a physical intrusion. Limit the information you post online regarding your specific whereabouts to limits such threats to personal property and prevent issues for your business.
- Installing Antivirus Software
Installing antivirus software is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep both your personal information and company information secure when you travel. Besides using a trusted brand of such software, ensure that you update it regularly once new versions become available.
- Update Your Operating Systems
Just like with antivirus software, it is equally important to keep your operating system as current as possible. This also applies to the apps on your phone; ensure that the apps that you use regularly are updated before using them to conduct personal or financial business.
- Update Your Passwords
If you plan to travel, change all the passwords you use regularly. Similarly, if you have to create a PIN for a security box or safe in your hotel room, ensure that it is unique and not something that you use regularly. Avoid skimping on the password creation too – a numerical sequence is never advisable. Take time to create something that keeps criminals out of your personal property. You can change back all your passwords once you return home.
Author | Emily Forbes |
An Entrepreneur, Mother & A passionate tech writer in the technology industry!