Protect your data at all times
Vacations are an opportunity for cybercriminals: their techniques adapt to the context of travel and absence, and they target their attacks accordingly.
Here are some tips and tricks for a relaxing cyber vacation:
Secure your accounts and data
Use strong passwords that are as long as possible
Don't use the same passwords for multiple accounts
Use 2-factor authentication and VPN access when possible
Do not use a public computer to access your accounts
They could contain malware that records your keystrokes or data
This includes your banking, email and social media accounts
Don't use free charging stations
It is very easy for a cybercriminal to download information or even install malware on charging devices
Why not bring an external battery with you to charge your devices?
Be careful with public wifi networks
These are easy targets for cybercriminals to steal your personal information
Use social media in a cyber-safe manner
You shouldn't share information about your travels and vacation dates.
Use caution and discretion when posting information
Never click on unknown links
Whether it's a link in an email or a text message, never click on a link of unknown origin
Phishing attacks adapt to the context of the vacations and can target you based on information you have publicly posted
Disable connections on your devices
Turn off Bluetooth, wifi and cellular network when not in use as these are easy gateways to access your devices.
Manage your device data
Save a copy of your device data
Enable functions to track and block your cell phone, and to remotely wipe your data
Follow these tips and all should be well.
Happy vacations for those of you who are and good luck to the others!