There has been a tremendous amount of progress when it comes to digital protection as mobile devices reduce the need to rely on public computers in hotels when traveling abroad. However, it’s just as important to remember basic security measures when you’re traveling. Thanks to complimentary Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a savvy hacker can still get into your mobile, potentially stealing important information like your bank details.
Always remember that your phone is just susceptible to having information stolen as your laptop computer. One of the easiest steps you can take to improve your phone’s cyber security is by enabling its security features, whether that’s the increasingly common fingerprint reader or just setting up an unlock password or pattern.
Most banks and websites like Google provide two-factor authentication which provides an additional layer of security. Instead of just requiring a password, two-factor authentication also requires something that is only available to you. It may require an additional step when logging in, but it can be a lifesaver if someone is able to guess your password.
Be wary of what you do on your phone or computer when using open Wi-Fi networks that don’t require a password and stay away from accessing sensitive information unless it’s absolutely necessary. Scammers will set up free networks that sound legit but are designed to steal your information. If you’re in a cafe or staying at a hotel, make sure to ask what the steps are to connect if they aren’t already provided.
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