3 Tips to Boost Your Personal Cybersecurity While Traveling

September 03, 2015
Proofpoint Staff

If you are like most people, you’re excited about the upcoming 3-day weekend. For some, it’s the last chance to enjoy the fun of summer. Hackers are excited too, because higher volumes of travelers offer more opportunities to exploit human and system flaws with malicious attacks.

Following these 3 tips can boost your personal cybersecurity while traveling.

  1. Bring only essential electronic devices with you and leave the rest at home. Ensure the electronics have strong passwords and remove sensitive information. Keep your eyes on your electronics and keep all your devices with you in airports, hotels, and restaurants.
  2. Don’t connect to free airport or hotel Wi-Fi networks. Recently more airports are offering free high-speed internet injected with advertisements. These activities can expose browsing activities to untrusted sources.  
  3. If you are not using Bluetooth, turn it off. Hackers lurking in busy airports can take advantage of your device to send spam, download your contacts, and personal information.

Learn more responsible cybersecurity travel tips at FCC.gov