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How to protect your devices, data while on vacation

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Even if you’re on vacation, don’t expect hackers and other bad actors to take a break from attacking your tech devices. However, there are several steps you can take before and during your vacation to help keep your devices and data safe.

In this article, we summarize tips and best practices from several sources including the National Cyber Security Alliance, Sue Marquette Poremba in Tom’s Guide, and BusinessTravelLife.com.

Before you leave for vacation

  • Conduct financial transactions and download podcasts, books and movies on your own, secure Internet connection.

  • Don’t broadcast your vacation plans on social media. 

  • Clean your web browsers by deleting your browsing history and clearing the cache, especially any stored passwords.

  • Update your security software and applications to ensure the latest security patches are installed.

  • Create new temporary passwords for any accounts you'll use while traveling. We strongly recommend you use unique passwords or passphrases for each online account. Passwords should be at least 14 characters long and utilize special characters and numbers. (For more information about password safety, see Sinu’s blogs: How Secure is Your Password and The New Language of Data Security: From Passwords to Passphrases.)

While on vacation

  • Take only the devices you absolutely need on vacation.

  • Set up the ‘find my phone’ feature on your devices, so you can find, remotely wipe data and/or disable the device if it gets into the wrong hands. 

  • Make sure all devices are password protected. 

  • Use a passcode or security feature (like a finger swipe) to lock your phone or other mobile devices in case they are misplaced or stolen.

  • Limit what you do on public Wi-Fi and avoid logging into accounts that have sensitive information. Set your device settings to ask permission before connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

  • Either keep your devices with you or lock them in a safe if you are staying at a hotel. If a safe is not available, lock them in your luggage. 

  • If you use the business center at a hotel, avoid using public equipment (ex. phones, computers and fax machines) for sensitive communication.

  • Use a credit card rather than a debit card for any purchase (online or otherwise). 

At Sinu, our goal is to provide our clients with full-service managed IT support services that increase productivity while mitigating risk. Should you have questions about device, data, or other tech safety while on vacation, please contact your account manager for assistance. A little bit of preparation and being a little tech security savvy can prevent headaches during your summer vacation and the rest of the year.