Millions of holiday travelers will hit the road this season with smartphones, laptops, tablets and other connected devices in tow. In their latest “Stop. Think. Connect.” campaign blog, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers a few basic cybersecurity tips for holiday travelers that can help protect devices from potential threats and vulnerabilities while on-the-go.
- Lock it up! Never leave a device unattended and be sure you have strong passwords.
- Connect with caution. Most public Wi-Fi networks are not secure, so think twice before shopping or banking while on public Wi-Fi. Disable automatic Wi-Fi and Bluetooth before leaving home.
- Don’t click too quick. Cyber criminals love to use holiday shopping and travel scams to gain access to information and computer systems.
- Limit on-the-road posts. Posting photos or locations can indicate that you’re away from your home, making it an easy break-in target.
Stop.Think.Connect.™ is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. The campaign’s main objective is to help you become more aware of growing cyber threats and arm you with the tools to protect yourself, your family, and your community. Click here for their Cybersecurity While Traveling Tip Card.