The holidays are arriving! Do you know what that means? It means A LOT of Americans are getting ready to travel. Wherever you’re heading, if you’re traveling during the holiday season, you need to realize that everyone else in the world is too, so you better start booking those tickets now! Airports can get very hectic during these times and so of course you want to arrive as soon as possible to get yourself situated and comfortable before boarding on the plane. If you wait to pack your things last minute (…guilty), you’re most likely in a rush and shoving things in your suitcase. How are you keeping your belongings safe? Clothes and toiletries aren't that big of a deal, but what about all of your electronics? Well, let’s just hope you are taking care of them. However, the scary thing is…these days, most of us bring our laptops, tablets, or smart phones when we travel, but without the proper safeguards, we can be easy targets for criminals. And it’s not just the devices the criminals are after, it’s also the DATA inside which can be just as valuable as well as vulnerable.
So here are a few ways to protect your precious electronic gadgets:
- Stay away from free Wi-Fi
Whether you’re in an airport, train station, or a hotel, avoid using free Wi-Fi. This is an easy way hackers can generate their own hotspots at these locations and gain admission to any vulnerable device that logs onto the system. When you’re on a public network, your personal data including your user IDS, account information and your passwords, are all there for anyone to steal. Your device is also prone to attracting viruses and spyware if the hackers choose to send one your way. Unfortunately, these criminals may continue to hack into your device even after you leave the hotspot!
- Smart phone
-Make sure to ALWAYS have your phone password-protected. Use a strong password of different random numbers. .
-Remove any important files and information from your smart phone.
- Enable remote wiping on your smart phone. Many smart phones can be configured to permit users to remotely remove data in case a device is misplaced or stolen.
- Turn off any automatic logins you may have for your apps and websites.
- Always keep both eyes on your devices
It’s pretty common sense to never leave your devices behind, right? It may sound obvious, and yet it’s so easy to ask a stranger to watch your things for a quick “minute” while you step away to go to the restroom or grab a quick coffee. You need to take EVERYTHING with you. Always guard your luggage and backpack that contains all your electronic possessions.
- Case Protect your devices
Invest in a good case for your devices. You don’t want to risk dropping it and watching it crack or even shatter before your eyes. Aluratek has a wide selection of tablet cases that will keep your tablet safe and sound.
So the next time you’re storing your toiletries in a zipped lock bag, be sure that you also take steps to protect your technology for your holiday trip!
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