Cybersafe travel: Tips & guidelines to secure your journey

Stay cybersafe while you're on the move and away from home.


Travel season is almost here! 

We know that traveling can be an exciting and adventurous experience, but it's important to stay cybersafe along the way.

Whether you're travelling for leisure, to attend a conference or for research, (cyber)secure your journey with the following tips: 

Before you go, prep your devices!

Guard your accounts and privacy while on the go:

  • Public WiFi is convenient, but it can be risky since anyone can potentially access it. Cybercriminals can use public WiFi to intercept your online activity, steal your personal information, and even inject malware into your device. To protect yourself, avoid using public WiFi to access sensitive information, such as online banking or making payments with credit card. If you need to use public WiFi, pair it with a Virtual Private Network (VPN)  which encrypts your connection and keeps your data private.
  • Avoid using public USB ports to charge your devices and instead use your own charger. Cybercriminals can use them to steal data such as credit card numbers, or install malware on your device. Instead, use your own charger.

Stay Alert:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas.
  • Do not use ATMs or point-of-sale (POS) machines that look suspicious. Check out these tips for how to spot signs of tampering.
  • Watch out for people “shoulder surfing” behind you. They may just be just curious, but this is also how attackers steal credentials and credit card information.

Share wisely:

While it's natural to want to share your travel experiences with friends and family, be cautious about what you share on social media. Avoid posting your exact location and travel plans, as it can make you an easy target for cybercriminals.

Additional tips:

 

By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure that your journey is not only safe and secure but also fun and memorable! Safe travels!

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