How to Protect Sensitive Information

What if you were told that you could lower the risk of a personal data breach while you travel? We may not have a large influence in protecting our data when it comes to commercial stores such as Target (remember their massive data breach back in 2013?), but we can take some simple steps in protecting our credit cards and other personal information. Even doing one or two things can make a big difference.

Hackers are clever and are constantly creating new ways to obtain people’s information. That is why, more than ever before, to know how to protect your information while using technological devices when traveling. Before you take that road trip out of town or leave the runway at the airport, ensure that all your devices are fully charged and require a password for access. Just in case any physical device are stolen or lost, back up your information on the cloud, a USB, or other physical device. It’s also a good idea to turn on “Find My [Device Name]” on all your devices so you can locate your missing property should it accidently leave your side.

We all love a good free WI-FI hotspot, but so does our neighborhood hacker. It’s a prime location to access people’s information without any notice. Hotel lobbies, airport terminals, and fast food joints are just a few places hackers are bringing home the dollar bills. But how can you NOT connect to these free WI-FI spots? If you do decide to connect at these locations using your phone, tablet, computer or any other technological device you may have brought with you, use a USB data blocker (can be purchased on Amazon), Nord VPN, or Express VPN number. These data blockers are vital if you need to check your email or bank account during travel. Otherwise, avoid checking websites that contain highly sensitive information while traveling. If you need to charge your device, NEVER borrow a stranger’s charging cable. Nowadays, hackers know how to steal information from the cord only. Ouch.

Online web addresses or names of WI-FI on our devices can be very telling. Pay attention to the official name of your hotel WI-FI, because it’s not always “[Hotel Name] Guest WI-FI.” You can often find the official WI-FI name in your hotel room or by asking someone at the hotel’s front desk. During travel, disable your device’s ability to automatically connect to WI-FI and Bluetooth. This will give you greater control on which connections your devices are making. Any website browsing will be safer when you only click on secure websites. If the URL includes HTTPS, it’s a good indicator of higher online security.

While personal data breaches are always a possibility no matter what you do, doing a few simple things (as previously mentioned) can go a long way in helping protect your sensitive information.

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