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Don’t post your travel plans on social media

Sharing updates about vacations and other trips is one of the most common social media activities, but it’s a risky one. Making this information publicly viewable can be dangerous to your physical security: Someone might plan a robbery based on knowledge of when you won’t be at home.

Guard your mobile device

In order to prevent theft, unauthorized access and loss of sensitive information, never leave your mobile devices—including any USB or external storage devices—unattended in a public place. While on travel, if you plan on leaving any devices in your hotel room, be sure those items are appropriately secured.

Use encrypted email if you regularly send sensitive data

You might think email is relatively safe, but it’s an old set of protocols with many vulnerabilities. Consider using encrypted email for full protection – messages sent through these services are completely unreadable by anyone without your key, although using it can take some getting used to.

Avoid third-party app stores

Phone and tablet software should be vetted by approval teams to ensure their quality and security. Such processes are routine on official app stores, but cannot be assured with third-party sources. Accordingly, steer clear of unofficial storefronts or sideloaded apps from websites.

Give online donations directly to the charity

Why hand over a chunk of your contribution to a third party web site when you can give directly through a charity’s own site? If the charity that you want to support does not offer online giving, you may be able to give through JustGive or Network for Good. Be aware that these third party […]

Turn off autoplay videos and plugins

Videos that start playing automatically in your browser are more than distracting – they also use up bandwidth and are potentially dangerous as malware delivery vehicles. Similarly, plugins like Flash and ActiveX can drain battery while heightening risks if not up-to-date. You can set most web browsers to block autoplay videos and to require your […]