Information Security Travel Tips
Traveling can present some unique security challenges. If you are planning a domestic or international trip, keep these items in mind:
- Make sure you’ve backed up any important data before traveling– Ensure that you’ve backed up any important data before traveling. If something happens to your devices while traveling you won’t be able to get the data back without a backup.
- Keep your devices with you and within sight at all times– It doesn’t take long for a laptop, smartphone, or tablet to be stolen. This is particularly important in busy and crowded places such as: buses, subways, airports, and at conferences.
- Are you traveling with sensitive or confidential information?– Only travel with the data that you absolutely need. If you don’t need it, don’t take it.
- Beware of public computers– Avoid using public computers in places like hotels and Internet cafes whenever possible. If you have to use one, ensure that you change any password that you entered on a public computer when you return from your travels.
- Ensure that your smartphone or tablet is securely configured– Your devices should be protected with a PIN or password, and employ encryption whenever possible.
- Ensure that your computer is up-to-date and running antivirus software– Before traveling, make sure that you’ve installed all of the latest updates from Microsoft or Apple.
- Enable a firewall on your computer– Make sure that you have a firewall enabled on your computer. A firewall will help protect your computer while connected to insecure networks.
- Only connect to trusted wireless networks– Avoid joining just any available wireless network. Only connect to those networks that you know are legitimate (such as those provided by a hotel).
- Avoid using insecure websites on wireless networks– It’s easy for someone to listen in to what you’re doing on an open wireless network. Most networks that you’ll use while traveling are open. Make sure that if you’re logging into websites while on open network that your connection is secure. This is usually denoted by the presence of a lock icon in your browser, or “https://” in front of the address you’re visiting.
Happy and safe travels from Carlucci Consulting, LLC!