5 Cyber Safety Tips for Traveling on Memorial Day
Hackers don’t take holidays off.
If you’re traveling for the Memorial Day weekend, you should follow these five cyber safety tips. The recommendations were provided by Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance in Washington, D.C.
- Turn off the “location services” feature on your mobile devices if you’re not using them. Otherwise, you’ll be broadcasting your location, possibly to a social network. You’re also telling people that you’re not at home, an enticement to burglars.
- Delete all apps that you no longer use. The apps may not be outfitted with the latest security patches, which could make you vulnerable to malicious software.
- Be extremely cautious when it comes to using public computers in places such as airports, hotel lobbies and Internet cafes. You have no way of knowing whether these computers contain the latest anti-virus and anti-malware software. You also don’t know whether the computers encrypt data. Use the apps on your cellphones instead.
- Shop and bank only on secure sites. A web address with https:// means that the site takes extra security measures. An http:// address is not secure.
- Think twice about posting pictures that would reveal you’re not at home, or that you wouldn’t want certain people (like your parents or employer) to see.