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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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!

 

References:

http://techcrunch.com/gallery/5-tech-tips-to-keep-your-digital-identity-safe-while-traveling/

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2 responses to “Tips for safe digital travelling”

  1. 373666db says :

    I have a few tips.
    – For passwords: Make sure to have a difficult password. Have a different password for every place you login, especially a different password for important places. And make sure to change your password every few weeks.

    – Do not download fishy files and stay away from suspicious websites. When your browser warns you something is wrong, stay away!

    – Make sure to not just update your applications, but your phone system itself too

    – Have your firewall on all time. And if your device enables it, encrypt files that it stores.

  2. 345516nyn says :

    Thanks for replying!

    You are right, before applying the steps I mentioned in my post you should definitely look at the basic security measures that already need to be in place on your device.
    You mentioned having a difficult to guess password, simply having a password or a pattern lock on your phone is a must-have for your device’s security.
    Also having a malware scanner, that scans your device every month can be very useful. While I always think my device is completely safe, many times when I performed this scan infected files still were detected and removed. That just shows you that you can never be too careful.

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