Summer is here, and that means it’s time for many of us to combine work with a little relaxation…which means it’s also time for some cybersecurity tips for vacation. Whether you’re jetting off to a beach resort or attending an international conference, maintaining good cybersecurity practices while on vacation is crucial. By some estimates, 1-in-4 travelers are at serious risk!

What is cybersecurity? 

Cybersecurity involves protecting your devices, networks, and data from unauthorized access or attacks. For business travelers, this means being vigilant about how you use and access sensitive information, ensuring it remains secure even while you’re away from the office.


Tips for a Safe Cyber Vacation 

  1. Update and Backup All Devices Before Leaving

Before you step out the door, make sure all your devices—laptops, tablets, and smartphones—are fully updated with the latest software and firmware. Updates often contain critical security patches that protect against vulnerabilities. Also, back up all important files. This ensures that even if your device is lost or compromised, your data remains safe. 

  1. Physically Secure Sensitive Electronics

Always keep your devices close and never leave them unattended in public places. If you have to leave them in your room, use a safe or a lockable suitcase. Physical security is your first line of defense against theft and tampering. 

  1. Use a VPN on Hotel or Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks, including those in hotels and cafes, are notoriously insecure. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts your internet connection, making it much harder for hackers to intercept your data. Always connect to a reliable VPN before accessing sensitive information or conducting business online. 

  1. Always Use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) adds an incredibly important additional layer of security to your accounts. By requiring two or more verification methods (such as a password and a numeric code), MFA makes it significantly harder for unauthorized users to gain access. 

  1. Be Cautious About What You Post on Social Media

While it’s tempting to share your travel experiences in real-time, think twice before posting your location or travel plans on social media. This information can be used by malicious actors to target you or your organization. Limit location sharing and be mindful of the details you share. 

  1. Be Mindful of Phishing Schemes

Phishing attacks often increase during common vacation periods. Furthermore, if you’ve been lax on tip #5, you could be specifically targeted in what’s referred to as a “spear phish”. Be extra cautious of unsolicited emails, messages, or links, especially those asking for personal information or urging immediate action. When in doubt, verify the source via a non-email method before clicking on any links. 

Use Common Sense 

Your intuition is a powerful tool. If something feels off, it probably is. Trust your instincts and stay aware of your surroundings, both online and offline.  

Cybersecurity never Sunsets!

By following these cybersecurity tips for vacation, you can enjoy your travels without compromising you or your business’s digital security. Remember, staying safe online requires constant vigilance but a few common sense steps make it easy to relax. Enjoy your travels! 

Interested in learning more? Contact our cybersecurity experts for advice on securing your information wherever you go! 


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