What should you do? Here are some tried and true tips that will help keep you safe and secure:

Enable Security Features to Protect and “Find My Phone”: Misplacing or having your devices stolen can put a damper on vacation plans. It can easily happen to anyone.

What should you do?

  • Set up the “find my phone” feature on your devices. This will allow you to find, remotely wipe data and/or disable the device if it gets into the wrong hands.
  • Make sure all devices are password protected. Use a passcode or security feature (like a finger swipe) to lock your phone or mobile device in case either are misplaced or stolen.

Get Wise About Public Wi-Fi: Using public Wi-Fi at the airport or hotel is very convenient, but public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure. This means that anyone using the same Wi-Fi network could potentially see what you are doing on your laptop or smartphone while you are connected.

What should you do?

  • Limit what you do on public Wi-Fi and avoid logging in to accounts that have sensitive information such as banking and email.
  • Consider using a trusted virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection.
  • Set your device settings to ask permission before connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

It is important to remember that laptops, phones and tablets should never be left unattended. Ensure your devices are with you at all times. If you are staying in a hotel, the best thing to do is lock them in a safe. If a safe is not available, lock them in your luggage. And, while family fun is the goal, a recent study indicates that 92 percent of respondents admit to doing some work on dedicated leisure vacations. If you visit the hotel’s business center, avoid using public equipment – such as phones, computers and fax machines – for sensitive communication.

 

Information provided by NCSA.