5 Ways to Protect Your Security While Traveling
As you head off to new adventures, we found these security tips to keep your personal information safe. Before the technology boom, hotel guests only had to worry about thieves breaking into their rooms. These days, a host of new threats puts credit cards, bank accounts, Social Security numbers, and other personal data at risk. Here are the top ways you can protect yourself:
1. Treat public Wi-Fi networks with caution. Don't mistake the security you feel working on your own device with the security of an Wi-Fi network.
2. Update all security software before your trip. Update your laptop, tablet and smartphone beforehand—your risk of an attack is lowered when software is up to date.
3. Avoid software updates or file downloads while traveling. Fake "updates" may contain malware (or malicious software) that installs on your computer. If you must update software during your travels, only install it after downloading it from the software provider's official website.
4. Avoid the public computer or Wi-Fi for personal use. Don't log into personal email, online banking, or even social media accounts on public and shared devices. "Keyloggers" are often loaded on computers, and these programs track every keystroke you make, even passwords. For banking, it's best to download your bank's app to your smartphone and use it exclusively when not at home.
5. Use a password minder application for logging in to membership sites. Instead of your computer's onboard applications, try more secure programs like LastPass.com or KeePass.info - both available for free.