Staying safe while traveling involves more than simply locking your valuables in a hotel safe. Today, cyber crime is just as prevalent as conventional crime. In fact, your digital property may be more valuable to criminals than your personal property. Before packing for your next business trip, take the following precautions to protect yourself and your belongings while away:
- Turn off home and work computers before you leave. Computers that are always left on are more vulnerable to hacks.
- Back up all data. Store sensitive files either on a removable storage device locked in a safe or in a secure facility in the cloud.
- Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi. If it is necessary to go online in public, use a secured connection. If you have to use an unsecured connection, avoid checking bank balances or visiting any site that asks you for personal information, which can be easily stolen.
- Enable a pass code on your smartphone. This can prevent hackers from accessing sensitive information should you lose your phone.
- Use a credit card instead of a debit card for purchases. A cyber criminal can deplete your bank account with your debit card.