Easter Holidays are starting which means its time to swap suits for swimmers, and desks for deckchairs! The ability to work remotely gives many of us the option of extending our family holiday time away while staying on top of work requirements, however it’s important to consider these 10 Tech Safety Tips to keep you, and your data safe these holidays!
BEFORE LEAVING ON HOLIDAY
- Back up data
Before you head out on holidays make sure you have a backup of your data. We recommend using a cloud and an external hard drive. That way you are covered in case something is stolen, lost, or dropped in the water by accident!
2. Unplug and turn off
While this sounds like a meditation mantra it is great advice for your devices! If you are away on holidays then make sure you turn off and unplug the wi-fi, computer, laptop, and devices. This saves your power bill, and means your devices are not left unattended accessible via the internet connection.
3. Hide or lock up valuables
Make sure that if someone is snooping around they can’t see your valuables easily from outside. Reducing the visual temptation to break in and take something decreases your likelihood of being targeted.
4. Update apps and software
Using the most updated version of software means they are updated with the latest security measures to protect you and your data.
5. Label devices
As a kid everything including underwear, lunchboxes, and pencil cases was labeled in case they were lost. The same should go for your device, add a name and a local address to the lock screen so if the device gets lost it can be easily returned.
WHILE ON HOLIDAY
6. Skip free wi-fi
Public and free wi-fi networks are not encoded and when you connect your devices, you are putting them and your data at risk. Use your own hotspot or if that is not possible then use a VPN (virtual private network) when you connect.
7. Avoid public computers
Being public means there is the possibility of malware being installed that will be used to steal the information you enter on the computer. If it is unavoidable then make sure you don’t access private material or enter any account details.
8. Turn off Bluetooth and file sharing
Connecting to other devices runs the risk of them being malicious and sending files that could compromise your security. Make sure you allow connections only from people and devices you recognise and approve.
9. Lock devices
Never leave your device unlocked in a public area. If you are a bit forgetful then set your devices to automatically lock after a set period. Additionally, make sure that there is a secure password to unlock the device.
10. Do not run unknown devices
If you find a USB, SD card, external hard drive, or any other storage device then avoid plugging them into your device. There is a chance that they will contain malicious software that will be installed on your computer. Instead, give lost property to the police or establishment where you found the device.
Remember safety starts with you! Implement these 10 tips and then sit back, and relax, safe in the knowledge you have taken the steps to keep your data safe.
Daniel Kendall is the founder of DakTech, a Townsville based IT solutions company. DakTech has 100+ clients and has been helping people for 10+ years. Click here to find out how DakTech can help you today.