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Avoid public Wi-Fi networks without passwords

Passwords prevent unauthorized access to wireless networks. If you see a public Wi-Fi network without a password, don’t join it unless you have no other choice and have a VPN to encrypt your connection. Public Wi-Fi networks can be dangerous. Cybercriminals can use them to steal your data or infect your device with malware. If […]

Beware of public charging stations and ports

Airports, buses, and other places may have public USB ports you can use to charge your devices. But it’s best to avoid them unless you really need to recharge. Public charging ports could be used to spy on you or infect your device with malware. Here are some tips for staying safe when charging your […]

Use dark mode to preserve battery

Lots of smartphone users switch their display to dark mode because they find it easier on the eyes. But, it can conserve your battery life, too. Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) devices use individual light-emitting diodes to light the screen, which means that less electricity is used in dark mode because fewer bulbs are at work. […]

Avoid public charging when out and about

Many establishments like airports have charging stations with USB plugs that you can use to charge vapes, e-readers, laptops, tablets and phones. However, threat actors can load malware onto these ports to “juice-jack” — accessing and stealing data from devices being charged. Carry a charged portable power bank with you to charge your devices on […]

Mobile scanning apps can save you time while you’re on the road

Scanning applications for smartphones use the device’s camera to scan the physical copy and convert it to a PDF file you can send via email or a messaging app or save to your cloud. They also adjust and enhance the image. Adobe has Android and Apple-friendly versions. Additionally, these apps often provide features like text […]

Be mindful when using public computers during travel

Public spaces such as hotels, libraries, and cafes often provide computers for customer use. However, it’s important to remember that the security of these systems may not be reliable. They might not have up-to-date operating systems or the latest antivirus software. Moreover, these computers could potentially be infected by cybercriminals with harmful viruses or malicious […]