As you travel using your internet-powered mobile devices, you are often exposed to the following cyber security risks:
Unsecured Wi-Fi networks – prone to being attacked by hackers who can gain access into your devices. If a network does not ask for a password then do not use it.
Publicly-shared computers - often not protected with antivirus software. Your browsing history may be visible to the next user and if you’re using your USB, your files are in danger of being corrupted; try to avoid using them if possible.
Fake hotspots or Bluetooth connections - used by hackers to deceive you into connecting your device to a malicious network. Bluetooth connections may expose your username, password, credit card or bank information.
Always verify that the network that you’re connecting to is legitimate. Once connected, you can look at a URL to find out if your web browsing is secure.
Secure connection - If you’re using an HTTPS website then your information is secure. If the website has an HTTP address, your browsing is not secure and any of the data that you transmit could be intercepted.
Social engineering attacks - Sharing your activities on social media platforms, or location via GPS, can pave the way for unscrupulous individuals to use your information to their advantage. They may track your whereabouts and pretend to represent a service company such as your hotel or car rental company to charge you on your credit card.
Always be aware of what you’re posting on social media. You can also edit the privacy settings of your profiles to ensure that only the people you know can view them.
Before you connect, check! - Is the network legit? To find out, only ask authorised staff. It is advisable that you adjust the settings of your device so that it does not connect automatically to available networks.
Stop clicking away - When using a public Wi-Fi network, limit your online activities to searching for information instead of submitting your personal data on banking or shopping sites.
Update your software - Use the most up-to-date OS, antivirus software, browser, and applications as they come with improved security features.
Use a temporary device - Try leaving personal or work devices behind when you travel. Take a temporary device with you that has little data stored in it to keep security threats to a minimum level.
Secure your devices - It goes without saying but, never lose hold of your gadgets when you’re in public places.
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