June is Internet Safety Month and families are gearing up for getaways, it’s a good time to take action and protect your mobile devices.
NCSA’s Cyber Trip Advisor
Getting Ready to Go:
Travel has become – literally – more “mobile” than ever before. Avoid mayhem and make magical family memories by taking a few simple cyber safety steps before you head out of town.
- Keep a clean machine:Before you hit the road, make sure all security and critical software is up-to-date on your connected devices and keep them updated during travel. It is your best line of defense.
- Lock down your login:Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Begin your spring cleaning by fortifying your online accounts and enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device.
- Make sure all devices are password protected: Use a passcode or security feature (like a finger swipe) to lock your phone or mobile device.
- Own your online presence: Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices. It is okay to limit how and with whom you share information – especially when you are away.
While on the Go:
Once you and your gang are at your destination, be sure to remember the following:
- Actively manage location services: Location tools come in handy while planning your trip or navigating a new place, but they can also expose your location ‒ even through photos. Turn off location services when not in use.
- Get savvy about WiFi hot spots: Do not transmit personal info or make purchases on unsecure networks. Instead, use a virtual private network (VPN) or your phone as a personal hotspot to surf more securely.
- Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when idle: When WiFi and Bluetooth are on, they connect and track your whereabouts. If you do not need them, switch them off.
- Protect your $$$:Be sure to shop or bank only on secure sites. Web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, means the site takes extra security measures. However, an “http://” address is not secure.
- Never use public computers to log in to any accounts: Be extremely cautious on public computers in airports, hotel lobbies and Internet cafes. Keep activities as generic and anonymous as possible.
- Share with care: Think twice before posting pictures that you would not want certain people (like your parents or employer) to see or photos that would reveal you are traveling.
- Check out these wireless safety tips for travelers from Private WiFi and STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
- The Department of Homeland Security offers a suite of multi-audience resources and tools at gov/stopthinkconnect.
- Identity theft can often take place while you are traveling and constantly providing credit card information. Get resources and assistance from the Identity Theft Resource Center.