How to Protect Your Privacy on Your Next Vacation

Do you want to think about cybersecurity on vacation? The answer is probably “no.” And, if so, we agree. If the answer is “yes,” you really need that vacation.

We kid, of course. But, being mindful about the safety of your data might keep a criminal from ruining your vacation and then some. When you’re away, there are countless opportunities for thieves to take advantage.

No need to be hypervigilant, though. Vacation is a time to relax, unplug, and forget about stress. Not to worry. We aren’t here to ruin the fun. We simply want you to be aware of what could happen so that you can approach your vacation mindfully.

After all, someone stealing from you during your vacation ruins the whole de-stressing idea, right?

Here are a few easy fixes to keep you safe.

Beware of Public Wi-Fi

It’s critical that you only use password-protected Wi-Fi while traveling. You should be especially vigilant when traveling abroad. Other countries don’t have the same public network regulations and restrictions as the United States. To be safe, always keep your Wi-Fi function turned off until you’re certain the network you’re connecting to is secure.

Use a VPN

Following up on our first point, a VPN (virtual private network) can keep your data safe even while on public Wi-Fi. VPNs are increasingly common and easy to use. They will encrypt your data transfers and change your IP address. Install and activate a VPN before you connect to a public network to secure your data and conceal your location.

 Turn Off Your Bluetooth

With all the bluetooth-enabled devices in our lives, it’s easy to leave bluetooth on and forget. However, when we leave it on, we leave our devices open to everyone around us. Another device can connect to yours, allowing that person to gain access and view potentially private information. Always be sure to turn your bluetooth off when you aren’t in trusted spaces, like your car or home.

Add Complex Passwords to Your Devices

Most of us have passwords on our laptops, smartphones, and tablets already. It’s vital that we do because these devices save sensitive information. Adding passwords is a great habit to get into. It would serve as your first defense if the devices were to be lost or stolen. Simple passwords like “password” or “1234” won’t cut it. As with all passwords, ensure there is a level of complexity so that an outside person wouldn’t be able to guess it.

Be Patient With Your #Vacation Posts

We know you’re excited to share your vacation pictures with friends and family on social media. And now, it’s easier than ever to tell everyone you know exactly where you are, and exactly what you’re doing. In the same way you wouldn’t put a “Gone for vacation!” sign on your house, you might consider waiting to post your photos until you arrive home. This tip is especially vital if your social media accounts aren’t private.

By posting vacation photos while you’re gone, you’re telling everyone that your house might be unattended and easy to break into.

Whatever the season, and whatever the vacation, don’t let a criminal ruin your experience. These easy-to-remember and simple-to-implement tips will keep your data out of harm’s way.

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