4 Simple Tips to Stay Cyber Secure While Traveling

Available for Interviews:  Paul Tracey

Paul Tracey is the Founder & CEO of Innovative Technologies, a Managed Security Service Provider in New York, and is a national speaker, cyber security educator, small business advocate, and author of Delete The Hacker Playbook and Cyber Storm.

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Cybersecurity Tips While Traveling/Away From Home:

Cybersecurity can be a daunting task but luckily we know that the majority of breaches come from the same main surfaces. Therefore, some simple steps can make a drastic difference in staying secure:

    1. Wireless connections in public, airports, hotels, and restaurants. The solution to this is a VPN and endpoint protection on the device. The VPN will also allow you to hide your location. There are many reputable companies available. 
    2. Available personal networks such as Bluetooth. Do not use Bluetooth in public spaces; this should be turned off while traveling unless it’s absolutely necessary.
    3. Social engineering. Do not post your trip photos while on vacation; wait until you are home. Do not announce your vacation on social media or other public sites. When you do this you increase the potential for social engineering to be successful, a phishing attack, or worse.
    4. Unattended or unlocked devices. Just like your wallet, never let your phone out of your site while on vacation. If you are headed to the pool or somewhere else, you would be away from it. Secure personal belongings like these in the room safe until you return. Also, while you can’t lock your wallet, you can lock your phone. Always have the screen lock on by default. Also when you are done using your phone give it a once over with a cloth to remove your fingerprints. Swipe codes don’t work if the thief can see your finger track to open the phone. 

Additionally, choose what credit cards you need to have on you and notify the company of your itinerary in advance. Leave any card you don’t need at home. Doing so will help not get your card stopped while on vacation but will also give the card data more information to stop suspicious activity. Further, manage your location, sort out device passwords, think before posting, use secure WiFi, and watch that Bluetooth connection.

 

Interview: Paul Tracey

Paul Tracey is the Founder and CEO of Innovative Technologies, a Managed Security Service Provider in New York, and is a national speaker, cyber security educator, and small business advocate, and author of Delete The Hacker Playbook and Cyber Storm

Nearly a successful decade in business, Innovative Technologies continues to help clients ensure they have security and compliance procedures in place and well-trained staff. They have earned the reputation as a leading managed security services provider (MSSP) in upstate New York.

Tracey has been featured in MSP Success Magazine and on the Success Spotlight podcast and also runs an MSSP dedicated to helping small and medium-size businesses protect their reputation, money, and customers from cybercriminals.

     

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