Cyber Tips to Travel Safer This Summer In partnership with the TELUS Online Security team.
With summer around the corner and travel plans on the horizon, it's a good time to learn how to protect the many devices we now consider travel essentials. The cell phones, laptops, tablets and digital storage devices we use to stay connected and entertain us are more vulnerable when they're not at home. Here are some tips from our friends at the TELUS Online Security team to take with you on your next adventure!
1. Pack a plug-in charger in your carry-on and use it wherever you go. Be cautious when plugging your device into a public charger. Anything you connect to through a USB port can contain malware that compromises your personal data. For that reason, public USB charging stations at airports, hotels, and other locations should be avoided.
2. Disable automatic wireless connectivity when away from home. Deactivate cloud-based file-sharing options and services such as personal hotspots, AirDrop, or Bluetooth that automatically enable file and image sharing. These can be used by hackers to inject malware and access your personal info.
3. Be aware of scanning QR codes. With the rise of no-touch service during the pandemic, the use of QR codes is now more common than ever - especially when traveling. Whether you're using one to view a menu or get Wi-Fi at your hotel, QR codes offer a quick and easy way to access info on the internet. As with any internet link that leads to an unfamiliar site however, it's important to keep your privacy top of mind.
4. Use a VPN when connecting to public Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi networks can be found in public spaces like malls, coffee shops, hotels, airports, and restaurants. These networks allow you access to the internet for 'free' and, for this reason, it's become so widespread that the majority of us use them without batting an eye.
While there's no harm in using public Wi-Fi to check your social media, read blogs, or casually surf the web...certain online activities that involve transmitting personal and/or sensitive info can prove risky. This includes accessing emails, logging into your bank account, making purchases, etc. Ensure that you've installed Secure VPN on your devices and use it when connecting to public Wi-Fi to make it harder for hackers to steal your data.
TELUS Online Security empowers its users to keep their personal information and identity safer online. Learn more here!