Spring is upon us, and that means it’s time to start baring those legs and shoulders. It’s also time for BullGuard to share with you some spring break safety and security tips. These tips are especially important to take note of if you plan on taking a Spring Break. So here we go:
1. WIFI networks
Free WiFi is everywhere (airports, hotels, train stations, coffee shops), but the majority of them are unsecured wireless connections. In other words, any activity you do while connected to an unsecured network is vulnerable to those around you. Consider carefully when checking anything other than your flight’s status: logging in to Facebook, your email or bank account – that means your personal and private information is at risk. The same goes for the computer in the hotel lobby or in internet cafés; data-stealing malware loves computers in locations like those.
BullGuard recommends not doing anything other than printing your travel ticket and getting out of there. If you can’t avoid using free WiFi or Internet Café computers, be sure you access sites by typing ‘https’ at the beginning of each url.
2. Facebook Etiquette
Your entire social network does not need to know you’ll be in Mexico for the next week. While it’s fun to brag and make your friends jealous, it’s not fun drawing attention around the fact that you’ll be out of town, leaving an unattended home for a few days. We’re not making a judgment on your friends – we’re sure they’re lovely! – but you never know who’s scanning your newsfeed, or your friends. Posting your travel itinerary online is pretty much an open invitation for burglars.
3. Traveling with Devices
Of course you want to bring your new laptop, iPhone and portable hard drive with all your movies and photos on it for the journey. But there are a few things you need to be aware of to make sure these devices make it back home with you in one piece. While you should be backing up all of your devices on a regular basis, it’s especially vital to back up everything before you leave; this way you can be sure that even if you forget your iPhone in the back of a pedi-cab in Cancun, you haven’t lost everything. When you are out and about, bring your devices with you, or store them in the safe in your room. If you don’t have a safe in your room, ask at the front desk to store them in the main hotel safe. It doesn’t hurt to set up passwords on everything either.
4. Life Back Home
Unfortunately while you’re off enjoying the beach, life back home doesn’t stop. We recommend settling any bills in advance of your departure, or setting up automatic bill-pay. This will help you avoid logging in to your bank account via internet cafés or free WiFi networks to pay bills while traveling.
5. Additional Security
To help give you additional peace of mind, it’d be smart to install a security software suite on your devices. BullGuard has a couple security suites. These will not only alert you of potential issues, but also give you the ability to wipe your data from your device remotely, should it become lost or stolen, and throughout your trip, it will be diligently working in the background to keep your content and your device safe.
Follow these security tips and protect your devices with BullGuard while you’re on your spring break. Enjoy!