Don’t Stop Protecting Your Data – Just Because You Are On Holiday
The holidays are here, suitcases are packed and ready to go. It’s time to switch off for a week or two, unwind and let our brains turn to mush and not think about the outside world. That’s what we’d like but it’s not always that simple.
Whilst we are off on our holidays those horrible criminals are still thinking of ways to cause us problems, separate us from our money and steal our data.
So here are three things to consider before you go away, which if you do, should give you some comfort.
Social Media – We love to post photos and comments at the airport, the beach, letting people know what we are up to on our holidays but it’s an open invitation to people that are watching that your home is empty, how long your away for, when you’re coming back. Chances are if you’re posting this then there’s plenty of other information available about you online to do some damage.
I know what you’re thinking, my friends wouldn’t do that to me and you are probably right, but do you know all their friends and their friends and so on. It’s not worth the risk, share the photos and stories when you get home!
Internet Access – Like many of you I have kids and a partner who can at times struggle to go for more than 5 minutes without wanting to access the internet, easiest thing is the free
Wi-Fi in bars, restaurants and hotels. As with any of these back at home as well, it’s extremely easy to set a mobile Wi-Fi network up to view your internet traffic and capture your details and because we are on holiday, our guards are sometimes down. The easiest way to protect yourselves is by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which can be downloaded from either iTunes or Google Play.
Think About What You Share -The third and final one is to be conscious of the conversations you have and the information you discuss with people you meet on holiday. Chances are there might be some alcohol involved, guards are down and you don’t know these people very well. What you say could be perfectly innocent on both sides but could also be used at a later stage for no good.
So keep safe, but enjoy your holidays, just be aware of what could happen and be happy with the decisions you make knowing the downside.
As always, if we can help securing your business and make sure you comply with the data protection laws, get in touch!
By Jezz Gobran i-Secured