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When the Holidays are upon us and many will be traveling. Whether it is to visit relatives, a secondary corporate location or client site across the country, travel may be part of your plans. In this day and age and considering the Internet Of Things and <a href=\"http://www.ciotech.us/tech-news/category/byod/\">BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)</a>, the practice of taking extra measures to ensure security for your devices has become not only commonplace, but a necessity.\n\nSo in this blog installment we endeavor to provide 9 ways to help protect your data and your privacy when traveling, regardless of purpose.

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9 steps to protect your personal data while

9 Steps to Protect Your

Personal Data While Traveling

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the holidays are now upon us and many will

• The Holidays are now upon us and many will traveling. Whether it is to visit

relatives, a secondary corporate location or client site across the country, travel

may be part of your plans. In this day and age and considering the Internet Of

Things and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), the practice of taking extra measures

to ensure security for your devices has become not only commonplace, but a

necessity.

• So in this blog installment we endeavor to provide 9 ways to help protect your

data and your privacy when traveling, regardless of purpose.

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1 leave devices behind if you do not need them

1) Leave devices behind if you do not need them

The simplest and most effective way of protecting your devices is to not bring

them. These days, if flying is part of your travel plans, airplanes are chock-full

of entertainment including seat-back screens with videos and games, headsets

for in-seat audio experiences, etc.

If having the ability to reached is the only real need when traveling, consider

purchasing a pre-paid phone. You won’t have your video streaming available or

your games to play, but you will have the ability to stay in touch with loved

ones or colleagues in a secure manner.

2 use a usb wifi hotspot

2) Use a USB Wifi HotSpot

Logging into public WiFi connections has a number of inherent risks. While

using a USB Wifi hotspot does not mitigate every conceivable threat, it does

provide a measure of safety and peace of mind.

Many wireless carriers allow connection to your portable device as a hot spot.

or you can purchase a “dongle” for as little as $8 (plus access plan) to utilize

a private wifi connection.

3 avoid using computers available to the public

3) Avoid using Computers available to the public

A major threat to personal and other data is the use of public devices and

computers. There may be any type of malware, key logger or other threat that

is present on these computers and there is no real way for you to know.

Regardless of the security level of the maintenance on these machines.

Best practices dictate, if you are compelled to use a public computer, that you

not log into social media, email or financial accounts. This may be difficult

because the main reasons to access computers in the first place may be those

very scenarios.

4 traveling abroad back up and wipe your data

4) Traveling Abroad? Back up and wipe your data!

Many countries, including the United States, reserve the right to search your

computers and devices when entering or returning to a country. And this

security measure is on the increase.

There is no guarantee that your data will not be cloned by less than scrupulous

personnel. To protect your sensitive data, you can back up your data to

a cloud storage solution, then wipe your hard drive clean. This may seem a bit

extreme to some but when considering the alternative, “a ounce of prevention

is worth a pound of cure”.

Back up! Back up! Back up!

5 use a liveusb or livecd

5) Use a LiveUSB or LiveCD

Another alternative into carry a USB drive with a portable Linux operating

system on it. This allows you to plug and play using the USB completely

independent of the system you are on. You will not need to log into the

machine you are on and continue working privately using the files on your

flash drive.

6 https and vpn

6) HTTPS and VPN

Accessing any internet at all should be done using HTTPS – https will encrypt

all data served to the browser. This is a safe way to safeguard the data you are

viewing online.

A VPN subscription uses a remote server and IP address and encrypts

everything you are doing on that device. Consider a VPN subscription to

provide you safety and security while traveling as this can thwart even the

trickiest of cyberthreats.

7 two factor authentication

7) Two-Factor Authentication

You are probably already using two-factor authentication (commonly referred

to as 2FA), and may not be aware of it. When you purchase something with a

credit card, you are asked not only for the card number, but also the CVV

number, typically found on the back of the credit card. This method has now

become widespread and can now help protect your social media accounts,

email accounts and more. Instead of simply logging into a particular portal (log

in screen), once the login has been submitted, you will then be required to

enter a separate code that has been pushed (sent) to your mobile device. This

provides a second level of security in order to log into any of your sensitive

accounts. Hence the name, two-factor authentication.

1FA provides some security because you have to enter a unique password, but

we have all seen how password security has been an issue for some time due

to the influx of hackers and cybercrime.

8 use the latest operating system

8) Use the Latest Operating System

Many cybercriminals find easy targets in those who, for whatever reason, have

not updated their operating systems and security software to the latest

versions. Windows and Apple, for example, are constantly pushing updates to

their systems. And many of these updates are not simply updates to nifty

operating system features, but are more security-based in order to thwart the

efforts of cybercriminals, Spam-ware and Ransomware.

9 back up back up back up

9) Back Up! Back Up! Back Up!

Did we mention backing up your system and data? Did we mention the

benefits of backup up to a cloud hosting solution? Well it is worth repeating!

Worst case scenario, if you are, in fact, a victim of cybercrime, you will know

you have your latest data backed up to a secure and remote location for near

instant remediation.

There are many ways to help ensure your privacy and security when it comes

to traveling and your data. This list is but a handful of best practices and

conventional wisdom. Should you wish to discuss this or find additional

methods, please feel free to contact one of our many qualified technical

security gurus and we will be happy to help.

Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!

if you have any questions regarding your data

If you have any questions regarding your data and network security, take a

few moments to contact us and we will answer any of your questions.

Visit our website today:

http://www.ciotech.us

Or call 813-649-7765

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