The fact that your internet service providers have the rights to record and distribute your data to third parties with or without your legal consent is unsettling as it is. With the increasing rate of hacking and identity theft, you should take measures to keep your data safe.
When you’re traveling, it gets a lot difficult to protect your data and keep your network secure since you’re always going to new places and connecting to new and unknown networks, some of which might harm your data. You might not think twice before connecting to the Wi-Fi available at the cafe you just had coffee in or share the personal hot-spot provided by your local guide but guess what? That’s not safe at all!
It can get really stressful to lose valuable information while you’re in a different country for a very important business meeting. Even if you’re enjoying a family vacation in the other corner of the world, the last thing you want is to worry about hackers and loss of crucial information.
To make things easier and more convenient, we bring you a list of measures you can take to make sure you get safe and secure internet access no matter where you are.
Take Precautions While Using The Internet
Now, asking you to avoid using unfamiliar networks when traveling is neither practical nor fair, which is why we suggest you a couple of precautions you can take in order to increase your data security.
Safer Public Networks
Always opt for networks that require you to register or sign in. Public networks that are available for free might save you a minute or two but they are totally not worth risking your data safety over.
Make sure you double check with the name of the network before signing in. There are more than one networks available in one place (mostly restaurants and malls) but most of them tend to be fake and risky.
Secure Your Browser
Make use of HTTPS — A secure HTTP protocol can keep your data much safer than one without it. This step is far more important for security, than most people think.
Trust home based networks only
Keep the important tasks for networks you can trust. Always use home-based connections for procedures that require you to enter sensitive information like your credit card details or passwords.
Use Complex Passwords
Make your passwords stronger! Avoid using passwords that are easily predictable or cracked. For example, a common line of numbers or your own name can easily be guessed. Make sure you include a couple of symbols, digits, uppercase and lowercase letters to come up with a stronger combination.
Encrypt Your Data
Use Encryption to maximize your online privacy. Encrypt everything on your laptop or phone to make sure anyone who accesses it has nothing to gain. Whether it is your iCloud backup, web browsing traffic or even for IM, encrypt everything you can.
Use A VPN
Get a trusted VPN. Using VPNs have been proven to be very effective and easy to secure your data. It is like your own private networking while flying to one state from another. VPNs are compatible with all of the modern devices whether it is your iPhone or Android, Macbook or tablet. Choose a reliable VPN and get safer internet access wherever you are.
Avoid sensitive tasks on a public network
Thing that include checking or verifying your e-mail, and your bank account are best left for the securer home connection. Similarly, online shopping and adding credit card details on websites should also be avoided on a public network.