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How To Protect Your Data While Traveling

by Kevin Bellah
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While traveling most of rely on in-flight and airport WiFi to get work done on the go. Unfortunately, these free networks never have the highest security infrastructure and using them could put sensitive company information at risk. To minimize these dangers, keep the following tips in mind when you’re taking work with you on the go.

Use Strong Passwords and Multi-Factor Authentication

Enabling multi-factor authentication software is advice that’s repeated frequently, but many people still forget to set it up. It’s one of the simplest ways to prevent anyone from accessing your files, should your device ever be stolen or lost.

Additionally, you should set up strong passwords on all of your devices and online accounts. A good password should have at least 12 characters, including a mix of symbols, numbers, and different cases.

You may want to consider using a password manager. These will not only keep track of your passwords, but alert you if a password is too weak, and prevent you from using the same password twice.

Be Wary of Public Networks

Anytime you connect to public WiFi, your device is instantly at risk. It’s easy for strangers to connect to the network with you and capture information from your device. This includes airlines.

Sometimes, though, you don’t have any choice but rely on a public network. To minimize your risk, use security software such as a VPN active on your device at all times. If you aren’t using a VPN, at least avoid logging into financial accounts while on public WiFi.

Connecting to a rental car service’s CarPlay or Android Auto interface could also put you at risk, so avoid using it in rented cars.

Utilize Secure Digital Workplaces

Many offices now simplify security by using digital workplaces that can be accessed from any PC. These systems rely on cloud computing and well-protected PCs. Digital workplace services used to be more complicated and unreliable than they are now, but with recent improvements, they’ve become increasingly popular among corporate offices.

Using a digital workplace, you can access your files and sensitive information from anywhere in the world. The connection is automatically encrypted, so even if you forget to turn on your VPN, you’ll still be protected on public WiFi.

From Airline to coffee shop WiFi, these tips and best practices will keep your data — and your company — safe on the go. Whether you are a digital marketing manager or in Sales, the next time you need to travel to a meeting or conference, whether by plane or train, refer to this list to make sure you and your data are both traveling safely.

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