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Use publicly accessible computers with caution

Cybercriminals may have infected these computers with viruses or install malicious software. An example is keylogger malware which, when installed, captures the keystrokes of the computer’s users and sending this information to criminals via email. Through this malware, criminals can receive your personal information, such as name, credit card numbers, birthdates, and passwords.

Safeguard your data from capture

Networks without passwords do not encrypt your connection. Accordingly, it’s possible for other connected users to spy on your activity, including any password you type. Don’t view your bank balance or log into any accounts tied to a debit/credit card while on public Wi-Fi. Cellular is much safer in these cases.

Back up the data on your device before traveling

Many applications allow you to set up regular automated backups of your data, which is great for day-to-day data preservation. But when you’re traveling — particularly abroad — this could be costly or ineffective due to connectivity or restrictions on your plan. To ensure you have a reliable account of your data before you go […]

Don’t connect to rental cars

If you hire vehicles when traveling — for leisure or business — avoid using the connectivity features in the car. Whether it’s Bluetooth for your phone or music, or synced GPS maps, you’re opening up your personal device to exchange data with an unknown entity that has been used by an unknown number of strangers. […]

Only use your own devices and don’t let others use yours

Especially when you want to do anything that requires you to log in, avoid using other people’s computers or devices. This goes for public access machines in cafes or libraries too. Bad actors can install a type of malware known as a keylogger, which tracks every keystroke and stores it, allowing them to discover your […]

Be smart on open Wi-Fi networks

When you access a Wi-Fi network that is open to the public, your phone can be an easy target of cybercriminals. You should limit your use of public hotspots and instead use protected Wi-Fi from a network operator you trust or mobile wireless connection to reduce your risk of exposure, especially when accessing personal or […]