What we’re able to do online in the digital age is nothing short of amazing. But the fly in the ointment is that cybercrooks are getting smarter too. We submit more personal information online now than ever before – from bank details to home addresses – and while this makes things spectacularly easy for us, it’s also enabled an open season for hackers. Using the web while travelling doubles the risk of an attack as you’re surfing in unfamiliar waters, so you need to take advantage of the services out there that can help you stay safe.
Download Find My iPhone (Apple)/Find My Phone (Android)
It’s easy to lose your smartphone when you’re constantly on the go, but this handy little app can tell you exactly where you left it. All you need to do is get online and login with your details, and your phone will reveal its location on a map. If you’ve lost it in your room, there’s a feature that emits a high-pitched tone to help you pinpoint its position.
Use a VPN
Using a VPN ensures all the data you submit online is encrypted, preventing hackers from seeing and stealing your precious information. A VPN also stops you from experiencing difficulties with online banking, as your login IP will be from your home country – banks can get antsy and lock down your account if they see activity abroad.
Act smart with social
Avoid adding people on social media who you don’t know very well, and don’t tell them your full name. You should also change all your social media settings so only your friends can see your activity.
Protect your pics
Lastly, you can prevent people from knowing you’re away by storing all your photos in a personal folder and then uploading them when you get back home.