Tips for safe digital travelling
Thieving is not what it used to be anymore. Where in the past you simply got stopped and robbed of your money, nowadays your bank information or identity can be stolen. And the worst part is, you might not even know that you have been robbed!
Therefore here are some tips to help you protect yourselves against these cyber-thieves when you are far away from home.
- Don’t keep your Bluetooth on: Whenever your Bluetooth is active hackers can get certain information about you. For example they can see which networks you previously have accessed and set up a network that is the similar to one of those. After that your mobile device automatically connects to their fraudulent Wi-Fi and they can put malicious malware on your mobile phone through this.
- Set up a remote security in all of your devices: In a case that you lose your phone or your phone actually gets mugged, it is very useful to have a tool that wipes your device from far away, so that your personal information cannot be accessed by the thief. Most devices support such an app, IOS has the Find My Phone app standard on every device (you just need to configure it). Android and windows users have 3rd party apps that let you do this.
- Keep your online bank account safe: Nowadays we almost all use online banking through our mobile devices don’t think much of it. But this information is vital to keep private and you should be very wary when and how to use the online banking. First of all if you use an online banking app, try to keep it updated at all times. Older software versions usually contain security risks and the bank is not responsible when your account is hacked, because you used an older version of their software. Besides this, don’t use the banking app when you are on a public Wi-Fi connection unless you know you can trust the source. And possibly the most important of these tips; do not use online banking on a public computer, as you don’t know who went on these computers and what they have done with it.
- Use a VPN connection: Using a Virtual Private Network keeps you safe while using a Wi-Fi connection. A VPN connection is basically a third party between you and your connection to the Internet. When someone tries to hack your device while you are on a VPN connection, they will try to hack the VPN connection instead, which is usually very well protected. While a (free) VPN connection may lower your browsing speed a little bit, it makes up for it through giving you a secure device.
If you have any other tips how to keep your devices safe, feel free to comment below!