- Bring plenty of cash; do not use ATMs at the hotel properties or on the Strip. As Josh Roark noted, "ATM skimming is a real threat and fake ATMs have been rumored to show up in the past."
- Do not bring or use a personal bank card. If you don't want to travel with a lot of cash, consider limiting yourself to using a single credit card while you are there. That way, even if something does happen, it's contained to one account.
- If you have RFID enabled passports, IDs, room cards, etc., Place them within an RFID blocking wallet or sleeve. (Don't have one? Stop by booth #1660 to get one from us!)
- Avoid using smartphone-based payment apps like Apple Pay and Android Pay. Kurt Wescoe advises, "If a terminal is compromised, it could affect your device."
Being Aware of Your Surroundings
It's important to be aware of the activities around you at shows like Black Hat and DEFCON, partciularly since some attendees will be trying out their social engineering skills in addition to their hacking skills. As Josh Roark told us, "You'll notice some conference attendees with backpacks and antennas sticking out, blinking cool lights, etc. Those guys and gals are usually the ones walking around and sniffing out insecure comms and RFID."
One final, relatively simple addition to your security arsenal is a privacy screen for your laptop. This will come in handy every time to travel or find yourself working in a more public place, as it will protect your screen from the prying eyes of those who try to shoulder surf.