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CYBER SAFETY FOR TRAVELLERS

Before You Leave On Vacation

  • Back up your files so that you have a copy in case your device is stolen or infected with a virus.
  • Update your devices with the latest security software.
  • Use strong passcodes. A strong password should be at least eight characters long, include a combination of upper and lower case letters and at least one number, and include at least one character that is not a number or letter.

Protect Yourself While Travelling

  • Wi-Fi hotspots sure are convenient but they are also often unsecure networks and available to anyone. Don’t shop or bank online using a Wi-Fi hotspot, and be very careful about what you send and receive.
  • Don’t leave devices unsecured in your hotel room. If there’s a hotel room safe, use it.
  • Avoid charging your phone at public charging kiosks or using USB ports on devices you don’t own. These are untrusted devices and could leave you open to malicious software.
  • If flying to your destination, do not pack your devices into luggage you’re going to check; instead put it in your carry-on luggage.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Always assume others can view your screen or keyboard in public areas; shield passwords when entering and log out of any account.
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