Summer is by definition the season when most of us take well-deserved vacations. We become tourists in our own countries or go abroad, to unplug from our busy daily lives and recharge our batteries for the challenges coming up ahead.
Above everything else, this out-of-office time is meant for relaxation. However, this does not mean that we have to completely become oblivious to the online safety dangers which could appear anytime, anyplace.
Even if you’re travelling for business purposes, take this travel advice into consideration on your next trip. Always make sure that the precious private information stored on any of your devices stays between you and those devices, with nobody else prying into it!
- The perils of public WiFis
When we’re abroad, finding a free public WiFi network is a dream come true. But however happy we are to update our loved ones about our vacation or to finally send that important business e-mail, we must be aware that a public WiFi comes with many risks.
Public WiFis are, first of all, very easy to hack into. Our security expert recently demonstrated that an experienced hacker can break into a hotel’s WiFi network in 1 minute. Scary? You haven’t heard the whole the story yet!
This means that, through an unsecured public WiFi, a hacker can steal your credit card info in the snap of a finger and start making online payments on your behalf. Furthermore, you’re basically handing them personal information, such as passwords to your work e-mail account, on a silver platter.
The solution? Well, you could connect using your mobile data and suffer the extra costs or use a VPN instead. CyberGhost has an app suited to any device you may be using and comes with some free features, as well.
- The offline effects of online choices
When we’re on vacation, we often feel the need to share the excitement with everyone. But we have to be careful with the details we disclose both before and during our time away.
Telling others when and where you’re leaving is like basically rolling out a red carpet to welcome thieves into your home.
It doesn’t matter if you’re letting someone know face-to-face or on social media, the result can be the same one, although on social media, the information can reach a lore more people.
Therefore, our travel advice is to stay as discreet as possible concerning your vacation.
You may also want to think twice about posting that photo in your bathing suit or surrounded by numerous bottles of alcohol. Nothing is really private on social media, regardless of how thorough you were when you made your privacy settings.
Next thing you know, your manager, business partner or potential employer could know a lot more about you than you’d wish.