10 Aug Travelling this Summer? Keep your Belongings and Identity Protected
It is a common practice for many business employees; travelling, whether for business purposes or pleasure, can be extremely rewarding, but it also comes with some key responsibilities and considerations to keep in mind. If you’re travelling this summer, you’ll need to check that you have all the items and resources packed that you’ll require while away. Packing can be stressful, but as long as you are organized and prepared, you should have a successful trip regardless of the type of travel you are doing.
In today’s digital world, surely you won’t be leaving your laptop, tablet, and cell phone at home while you’re away. Traveling on the road with electronic devices is of course the norm these days, but what can be disregarded is the important need to keep sensitive data stored on these devices safe and protected at all times.
With the summer season coming to an end, many companies and families are getting attending conferences or enjoying that last week away with the family before the busy season ahead. At American Security Shredding, we want to share with you some helpful tips to prevent the risk that your information and/or devices could land in the wrong hands.
Here are some key aspects to keep in mind while you travel:
- Information should be backed-up before your travels:Before you pack your bags, make it a priority to back up any information that is currently being stored on your device(s), and copy it to any media device you have in your house. For instance, you may want to back the information up on a storage card, cloud, or computer, if these gadgets won’t be traveling with you. You should also make an effort to delete or transfer any sensitive content such as your social security number, passwords, credit card information etc. There’s no reason to keep these personal details on your portable device.
- Travel as light as possible:Don’t pack any extras; only essential devices should be tossed in your luggage bag. Not only is it simply taking up space otherwise, but it also means more belongings to worry about while you’re away.
- Ensure data is encrypted:We strongly recommend that you look into whether your portable devices are encrypted. How come? If you are using any public networks on the road, the possibility of other users accessing your login details or emails, increase considerably if they are close by. Encrypting your data makes it unreadable and unfeasible to those that don’t have the tools required for unlocking.
- Check that electronic devices are locked:While a fairly obvious security measure, it should be reiterated that you lock your computer and mobile device while not in use, especially while you are travelling. This should be a regular habit to help prevent and stop unauthorized persons from retrieving your computer’s hard drive and private business information.
- Install anti-virus software on all devices: Viruses and hacking takes place far too often; the last thing you want to be faced with is a virus while you’re away. To stop this from potentially taking place, it’s best to install anti-virus software as well as perform regular updates on your personal computers so that all information stays secure without having to stress.
- Password protection is imperative:Portable devices are very common targets for criminals because they are small and super easy to sell. Reduce the chances of confidential information reaching the wrong hands, and put password protection on all devices. This should be the case for laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and more. Increase your security and combine upper and lowercase letters, numbers, as well as special characters to set your password. Refrain from easy passwords such as birthdays, pet names, or anniversaries. All phones should be secured with passcode locks and if an option, touch IDs as well. If and when you are completing business processes, devices that need corporate email or networks should have secure passwords and be managed successfully by the tools in your mobile device.
- Remove any passwords saved on your devices:Login information that is saved for websites may seem suitable but these saved passwords can leave your private information at Signiant risk. For your protection, we encourage you to get rid of this selection entirely.
- Devices should be monitored and in your possession always, in a public location:Leaving your computer or cell phone in open view, increases the risk of having your property stolen. When able, keep all electronic devices in a covered purse, your pocket, or close to your body in general. If you happen to lose your phone or laptop or believe that it has been stolen, report this information immediately so that your information isn’t compromised.
- Make sure that you are connected to encrypted networks: if you’re on a public network for internet purposes, verify that they are encrypted first and only look at websites that are “https”. It may also be wise to contact your service provider for a global data package, if you’re travelling internationally.
- Consider using find my iPhone/iPad/Mac: It is smart to enable your “Find My iPhone/iPad/Mac” feature on devices, as if something goes missing or is stolen unexpectedly, you can still locate your device.Call American Security Shredding if you would like additional information or tips.