It’s that time of the year once more — summer vacation is here and people are all amped up to hit the beach or other outdoor adventure. For some, they don’t seem to feel comfortable being completely unplugged and away for several days from their work.

Because of the convenience and accessibility of being online with our portable devices, it’s now easy to pick up work and take it wherever we may be. However, the one thing these devices and connectivity solutions haven’t done on their own is find a way to make sure that personal information we store on them and send through them is completely secure from online thieves who are always on the lookout for vulnerable users.

So, here are five necessary security measures you need to practice to protect your information, as well as your devices, while you work on the road.

1. Get a Laptop Lock

 

As you travel, you’ll likely leave your laptop behind in your room as you head out for the day, or maybe even in your luggage as you board your flight. Although it’s probably safer to leave it in a secure spot while you enjoy a few activities during your vacation, leaving it open in a new location makes it vulnerable to others who might want to take a look at your personal information. This is where a laptop lock comes in handy.

A laptop lock fits securely around your laptop to keep other people from opening it without your permission. You can find several kinds with varying features and costs from retailers like Office Depot and Amazon.

An additional security measure you might consider if you’re concerned about the entire laptop being stolen is a luggage lock. You can find these from several retailers as well, but you will want to make sure you use one of the TSA approved options if you’re planning to travel by air. This will help you avoid any hassle as you and your luggage pass through different security check ups.

2. Choose a reliable file sharing software

 

When working from a remote location, there are times when you need to send work-related files and information to certain people. Although this means you will usually send these files using your Outlook email or through your mobile phone or tablet, there are still some risks you need to consider when doing this while connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

First you need to take note of when you send and receive files while traveling is who might be able to access your online activity. If a hacker were to get your information through watching your browsing activity, how easy would it be for them to cause harm on your file sharing system?

See to it that you are using a secure file-sharing system such as Dropbox or Google Drive. You may also want to turn off all automatic file-sharing settings on your mobile device before logging on to a public Wi-Fi connection.

3. Get a VPN

Short for Virtual Private Network, connecting via VPN allows you to browse securely on public networks by encrypting the data transferred between your device and the server. VPNs can be utilized for corporate purposes as well as for private devices. This scenario would be an example of a use case for a private VPN, which means it would likely only cost you around $3 – $8 to connect you to a good VPN server.

4. Practice Caution at All Times

 

This is considered as the simplest tip — if you think that the Wi-Fi network is suspicious, do not attempt to connect to it! Although finding a solid Wi-Fi connection while on the road may seem like you’ve found a gold mine, consider the harm it can do to you and to your precious files if you tried connecting to a sketchy network.

One of the nasty ways cybercriminals do in order to victimize unsuspecting online users is by setting up a fake Wi-Fi network that will lure these users to connect to. Once they detected that someone has connected to their “fake connection,” then that’s the time they hack into the user’s device to gather all sensitive information and browsing activities.

So, if you see an unsecured Wi-Fi network, even though it’s too tempting to connect to it because of its strong signal, do not make that single mistake of connecting to it. Should you notice this kind of incidents happening to the place where you’re going to, it’s better to bring along a personal Wi-Fi hotspot with you, or speak to your mobile carrier to set one up through your mobile device for your own security.

5. Update your OS and security software

Last, but not the least, this is one of the most important yet also most-neglected aspects of protecting your device while you’re on the road. Before heading it to your summer getaway place, make sure to update your device’s operating system and security software. Although the notifications about updates can be annoying, especially when you are working, keep in mind that updating your device’s system and functions play an important role in protecting your device from any potential hacker that may access your personal information.

Check your device settings to make sure you’ve run the most recent updates necessary for your operating system as well as your security software before you leave for your trip. This will surely add an extra layer of protection to your device and you will feel more confident in using your devices wherever you may be.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 6:08:05 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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