How do I keep my technology secure while travelling?


It’s important to stay connected when travelling away from home. Staying in touch with friends and family helps with isolation, and also with reassuring them that you are safe. Being connected also allows you to access maps and translator tools, so you can successfully navigate your new surroundings. 

Thankfully, with modern technology staying secure is easier than ever, but it’s important to be aware of how to protect your devices whilst travelling. The danger from hackers, thieves, or even just misplacing your phone, increases when we travel to new horizons. 

Tips for before you leave: 

  • Back up before you go: Make sure to back up your data using a cloud application such as iCloud, OneDrive or Dropbox. If you misplace your phone, or it gets stolen, this will keep your data safe for when you return and replace your handset. 
  • Lock your devices down: Make sure your devices require a passcode or password in order to open them. To do this go into ‘settings’ and select the ‘security’ tab. 
  • Turn on remote wipe: Remote wipe allows you to remove all your data on your device from a remote location. This will act as a last defence to protect your data. 
  • Update your passwords before travelling: This is something that is good to be done regularly, regardless of travel. For any applications with private information, manually change the password to make it harder for anyone coming across your device to access these applications. 
  • Update your devices’ operating system: To manually update the operating system, open ‘Settings’ and select ‘Update’. The newer operating systems often have added security features. This means if there are any cybersecurity issues in your temporary location, your device could have added protection. 
  • Install the right defences: Installing anti-virus software will bolster your devices cybersecurity, in case there is increased risk of malware or cyber attacks. 

Tips for when you’re abroad: 

  • Use a VPN: A VPN can help protect you from others stealing your data, especially when abroad. To install a VPN you can subscribe to a VPN provider on your laptop or mobile. Just ensure that you double-check the reviews of the VPN provider on an independent website.  
  • Be wary when using public Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi abroad can put you at the threat of cyber criminals and malware. To avoid this, keep your Wi-Fi switched off until you need it, and only connect to secure networks. 

 Following these tips will enable you to travel with personal devices, and keep your data secure as possible whilst on the move. If you are abroad it’s important to have the local emergency number saved in case it is required. 

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