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Be 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. Limit what you do on public Wi-Fi and avoid logging […]

Assume all networks are insecure

Even after taking multiple precautions, never assume a network is totally secure in perpetuity. Being mindful of such network insecurity while utilizing a secure VPN can reduce risk.

Limit the details you share in automatic email replies on Gmail

If you’re headed on vacation, it’s a good idea to set up automatic replies from your email. In Gmail, go to Settings and scroll down to “Vacation responder” under the General tab. You can include some amount of information, like when you’ll respond to emails, but keep it to a minimum. Remember, while you might […]

Ditch public USB charging and pack your own supply instead

When you plug your cellphone into public USB charging ports, you could be exposing your device to malware planted there by malicious actors. When you’re traveling, plan ahead and charge a couple of your own secure power banks so you won’t be tempted to tap into potentially hazardous public ports.

When traveling never leave devices unattended

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 […]

Don’t post your vacation plans

Limit the information you post on social media—from personal addresses to where going to get lunch. What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all that criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and your physical belongings—online and in the real world. Keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, […]