Vacation & Travel Security
Ready, Set, Go!
As you embark upon your next vacation, remember to remain cyber safe by following these simple practices! Try adding a simple cybersecurity checklist to your packing routine!
Before You Go
Limit the number of devices you take with you. More devices = more risk.
Check your privacy settings on web services and apps. Set limits on how and with whom you share information. You might want to change some features, like location tracking, when you're away from home.
Set up the "find my phone" feature. Not only will it allow you to locate your phone, this feature gives you the power to remotely wipe data or disable the device if it gets into the wrong hands.
Set your device to require the use of a PIN, passcode or extra security feature (like a fingerprint or facial scan) to keep it locked if stolen or lost.
Ensure all security features and software is up-to-date. Updates often include tweaks that protect you against the latest cybersecurity concerns.
Backup the data on your device, like photos, documents or other files. If your device is lost, stolen, broken or you lose access to it, you won't lose all your data. You can backup your data on the cloud, or an external drive.
On the Go
Manage location services. Location tools can expose your location , even through photos! Turn off location services when not in use, and consider limiting how you share your location on social media.
Do not transmit personal info or purchases on unsecure or public WIFI networks. Use a virtual private network (VPN) or your phone as a personal hotspot to surf more securely.
Wait until you're back to share pictures of your trip on the internet. You may not want everyone to know that you're not home.
Don't leave your devices unattended. If you're staying in a hotel, make sure to lock them in a safe. If a safe is not available, lock them inside your luggage.
Disable remote connectivity and Bluetooth. Some devices will automatically seek and connect to wireless networks. If you do not need them, switch them off. These features can provide cyber criminals access to your devices.
Avoid using public computers in hotel lobbies to access personal information. If you must use a public computer, keep your activities as generic and anonymous as possible. If you log into accounts, such as emails, always click "logout" when finished. Closing a browser does not log you out of accounts.
Here are some additional resources for a cyber safe vacation!
FCC: Cybersecurity Tips for International Travelers
CISA: Cybersecurity While Traveling Tip Sheet
ID Theft Center: Travel Safe Blog
NerdWallet: How to Travel Safely
Consumer Reports: What You Need to Know About Cyber Safety While Traveling