Nowadays it is essential that any travelers safeguard all sensitive data. Your location is not the determining factor that you require to preserve your computer, but you should do that all the time. There can be instances where you can get your computer infected by malicious software due to using the hotel Wi-Fi or any other shared Internet connection.
Hotel connections pose a significant danger to personal and confidential data. There is a more substantial chance of compromise when a device is taken away from its secured networks to an unsecured network area. You should abide by a checklist below to safeguard your computer.
Before you leave
If the reason for your trip is mainly business related, you should consider going with a loner computer loaded with minimal software, and it should be free of virus and sanitized. You can leave your personal fully loaded computer for safety purposes. Carrying only what you will require while on travel to get the job done, cancels the risk of getting your computer that has all primary information of the business getting compromised and losing crucial data for the company.
You should carry out the steps below for all other devices such as your laptop, smartphone, tablet, iPad, and an organizer that is hand-held. You should ensure that all necessary and sensitive data has been removed and secured elsewhere. Your cache files should all be transparent before you pack your computer and its back up. Remove all the passwords that you have saved in the laptop. Disable any remote connectivity that is attached to your devices such as file sharing, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
While on your trip
While on travel, you should follow these computing guidelines that are safe for your laptop.
- You should avoid the use of public workstations and kiosk computers such as Internet cafes.
- Avoid connecting your device to any network that needs access by downloading software on your computer.
- While in a public place, privacy is not guaranteed. That is why you should consider using a privacy screen to prevent any snoopy neighbor from seeing what you have on your screen.
- Do not offer anyone to use your devices while on travel. Not everyone is your friend when you are out there so don’t assume that.
- Always refuse anyone to attach a USB or any other device that is portable to your computer. That is one way of putting your sensitive data at risk.
- Maintain physical contact with your laptop at all times when you are in a public place. Do not leave your computer unattended during your entire trip.
- Run your computer to check any viruses or malicious software at all times. Do not reserve that to be done when you are back from the trip.
After you are back from the trip
The first rule is always to assume that there is a possibility that your computer had some compromise while on travel. Check it for any spyware, viruses, and malware before you can connect it back to your secured networks. Do not use any software or drives that you received as gifts while you were out before an IT expert has certified them.