You sometimes may pay little attention to your digital security. You may use Wi-Fi networks and public-use computers for convenience or walk away from your laptop to go to the restroom. There are always scam artists and criminals out there ready to take advantage of that moment. Therefore, it is better to follow some safety tips to protect your money and identity. Here are top safety tips for holiday travelers over the busy holiday travel season.
Never leave your electronics like phone or laptop unattended in a public area. Don't walk away from your laptop while you're sitting at the airport gate. When you get up to move to your next destination, make sure you keep your devices with you.
You should password protect your laptops and smartphones, enable remote-wipe applications in case you lose them so no one can access your protected data.
Put your electronics in a safe place.
Be careful if you use airport or hotel Wi-Fi networks. Your online accounts may be hijacked or your communication may be eavesdropped. In case you still have to get online, equip your laptop or smartphone with a free VPN service to channel your Internet traffic.
It is not always safe to use airport or hotel Wi-Fi networks.
There is no real evidence that show a cellphone signal causes a plane crash. However, there have been some reports that the use of cell phones affects a plane’s electronics and navigation equipment. Thus, don’t use your cellphone while you are in the air.
Comply airplane modes during flight
It is convenient to use computer terminals which are equipped in public areas like hotels, but be careful that they may be injected by virus or loaded with spyware. Your password and other personal information are likely to be hacked.
Take public-use computers into consideration before using them.
Thieves can steal your credit cards to make duplicates or swipe them into “skimmers”. Therefore, keep an eye on your cards when going shopping, drinking or eating.
Watch out your credit cards
Travel Safety Tips for the holidays