Whether you are taking a trip for business or holiday, the technologies that you take with you are at risk. Criminals are aware of the vulnerability of those that are on the road and will take advantage in their attempts to breach your information or steal your devices.
A Carlsonwagonlit survey has indicated that data security concerns for those that travel was rated at 83%. This number is anticipated to increase as more people use their smartphones and net connections for their travel experiences. There are some actions that you can take to assist in ensuring a more secure travel time.
A SAP report stated two important factors for travel security:
- Keep your hardware secure. One of the best ways to make sure your data remains secure is to always keep your devices in your sight. Wrap the strap of your laptop bag around your arm while at the airport and never leave your items unattended. If you’re staying at a hotel, go to the trouble of storing all of your devices in a safe. Some hotels even have safes in the room. Often rooms are left open while being cleaned, and your laptop or smartphone may be left in full view of those passing by.”
- Use encryption. Encryption and login passwords are a must for any device that stores work-related materials. Consider installing GPS software that will help the authorities track your device if it is stolen. If the device is a tablet or smartphone, third-party apps can help you track it down if it’s ever lost or stolen.
- Be sure you use complex passwords, consisting of a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.”
Rob Humphrey, security expert, has written extensively on the fact that half of all of the laptops that have been stolen have personal information, credit cards or passwords on them. Business-related technologies go even further, with crucial company information that could be exploited in cybercrime attacks. Considering that studies have shown that 47% of lost or misplaced devices occur while offsite, this is an important aspect of security.
If you are traveling for business consider coordinating with your IT Department to have ‘loaner tablets or laptops’. These devices are typically set up with a higher level of security than your personal devices and don’t contain the percentage of individual information. If the devices are lost or stolen, report to your IT Department immediately.
A serious topic that has surfaced is to be aware that not all Wi-Fi services at the airport are safe. Only use airport supplied Wi-Fi connections, as there are some organizations that set themselves up as the appearance of airport services, but are instead, unscrupulous cybercriminals.
“Da Vinci Forensics consults with our clients to advise them on the safest and easiest methods for both personal and business travel. In this age of technology, every type of connection must be monitored to ensure individual and company proprietary information is not compromised.” – Sharon Knowles, CEO of Da Vinci Forensics”