How to remain digitally safe while travelling

How to remain digitally safe while travelling

Written By: Piyush Bhatnagar

White-sandy-beaches-in-the-CaribbeanWith an abundance of digital accessories, tablets and smartphones at our fingertips, traveling the globe has never been as easy. Whether it be navigating your way around uncharted territory or staying in touch with loved ones at home, digital devices can relieve some of the burdens that travelling creates.

However, according to a by F-Secure, certain areas of technology require a little more attention to ensure your safety when you hit the road.

Banking.

While it may be costly, you must always rely upon your mobile network’s data plan while accessing your bank account on your travels. Using public computers and Wi-Fi can be risky and invite eavesdroppers and hackers where they’re not wanted. Banks may use secure connections, but why take the risk? If somebody gains access to your password, your travels could end up being a lot more costly than you had planned.

Public Wi-Fi and Internet cafes. 

As we travel, most of us are drawn into using free Wi-Fi spots to stay in touch with friends and family. However, be aware of the associated risks. Because of the fact these hotspots are public, someone could be spying on your online activity with the help of readily available spyware. Whilst the illusion of privacy is created through the use of your personal device, the fact remains that it is public. Internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots are recommended for browsing matter that does not pose any privacy risks, such as browsing the news.

Keeping your data safe. 

Maintain a backup at all times, especially before you set sail on your jollies. The data on your phone is potentially more valuable than the device itself therefore you could use a content synchronization device that allows you to share photos with family and friends while you are away, without needing to use large storage devices. You might also want to check out cloud storage, and share your content with anybody you like.

About the Author

Piyush Bhatnagar

Piyush is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder at Authomate. Piyush founded the company in 2012 to simplify online security and bring strong authentication to every aspect of life without any added complexity. His responsibilities as CTO include leading innovation, developing product vision and product development.

Piyush is a seasoned technology executive, entrepreneur and consultant with experience in technology development and management. During his 25 year career prior to starting Authomate, he worked for defense, information technology, and network security companies, where he built an extensive resume managing global software teams and executing product strategy.

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