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Internet Security Advice for Business Travellers

Whatever kind of traveller you are, there is an understanding that travelling can pose a threat to your cyber security. Business travellers, who are likely to be carrying sensitive data on an assortment of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops, are especially susceptible to these internet security risks.

Simple measures can be taken in order to ensure greater internet safety while travelling. The following are a number of useful tips for any business traveler desiring to securely protect their personal and business-related data while on the go.

Top tips

Lock your devices:

Locking devices using a passcode or fingerprint ID is the first step in defending your information against cyber threats. When travelling, changing these passcode numbers frequently could be a good idea to ensure greater protection.

Encrypt everything:

Encrypting devices, data, calls, social networks, chats, and everything else in your cyber world protects your data. If you cannot encrypt something for reasons such as laws of other nations, at least protect every device and account with a strong password.

Beware of public Wi-Fi:

However convenient public Wi-Fi may seem at times, perhaps coming to your rescue at times when you are most in need of some available internet, public Wi-Fi can be especially susceptible to security breaches. Business travellers should steer clear of unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, including those found in cafes and free Wi-Fi hotspots.

Update passwords:

Updating passwords regularly is valuable advice to any internet user, and particularly relevant to travellers. Before travelling, change passwords that you regularly use and never recycle one of those same passwords for a PIN for a safe or security box in a hotel room. A mixture of lower and upper case, numbers and symbols if possible, is a recognised secure way to

Further potential security measures:

Other small measures you can take to ensure greater cyber security during traveling (and everyday life) include:

  • Update operating systems - If your operating systems (and phone apps) are up-to-date, your data is usually more secure.
  • Disable Bluetooth - Leaving Bluetooth on can actually make it possible for assailants to connect to or even hack into your phone.
  • Disable auto-connect - If your device has a setting that instructs it to automatically connect to Wi-Fi, turn this setting off to avoid accidentally connecting to untrustworthy networks.
  • Cover your laptop's camera with a piece of tape - This is an expensive measure that can stop a hacker.
  • Keep your devices with you - Even leaving devices in a hotel room renders them more vulnerable, so keep them on hand.
  • Run a security check when you get home - Check your devices thoroughly for any malware or viruses it may have picked up while traveling.

Be aware:

Consider the sensitivity of your personal and business-related information and keep this in mind as you travel. Be cognizant of your surroundings and of any ways that your data may be vulnerable. Keep your devices with you and under a close watch.

Consider this advice and rest easier during your business travels knowing that you are less at risk from cyber threats. Protecting your data is simply a matter of basic internet security habits and common sense. Another effective way of safe-guarding your peace of mind is by taking out a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Check out the business travel insurance page for more information on how a travel insurance policy could help you, should your business materials become compromised.

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