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Stay Cyber Safe this Holiday

The ability to work remotely is revolutionising both our work and personal lives. We know that a holiday should be just that, a holiday, but sometimes it’s just too tempting to check back in at the office to make sure everything is running smoothly. So if you do end up dabbling in a little bit of work whilst enjoying some sun this summer remember to stay safe by following advice from our friends at Eset.

Despite most of us taking out insurance policies to cover loss or theft of devices when on holiday, there are basic steps we can take to lower the risk of theft and protect our data if the worst does happen.

Back up before you travel
If you’re taking a laptop, be prepared – back up the data on your computer to a hard drive or the cloud before you leave home. This way, you won’t lose everything if your device is stolen or infected with malware.

Lock your gadgets – and keep them locked
Set a password on everything – from PCs to tablets to smartphones. Make sure you have devices set to “time out” when you’re not using them – so thieves can’t get access if they snatch them quickly. Passwords won’t keep out determined attackers – but will significantly slow them. Using one buys you time to locate and recover your device.

Leave thieves empty-handed with remote wipe
Smartphones contain a lot of private data which you wouldn’t want to fall into the wrong hands – thankfully, the data doesn’t have to, even if the device does. Remote Wipe – a feature in Android apps such as ESET Mobile Security – allows you to wipe data remotely, restoring your phone to its factory settings and erasing emails, account details and other private data.

Use anti-theft software to track your devices
Anti-theft software is smart – and thieves often aren’t. Activate anti-theft software on phones, tablets and PCs where possible – and get to know how it works before you travel. Getting your stolen device back is not impossible – with anti-theft software allowing you to receive information such as GPS coordinates and webcam images whenever a stolen PC is used to access the internet.

Technology is valuable – don’t show it off
Your hotel has a safe for a reason – keep your devices in there where possible. If you have one of those safes in your room where you get to choose the combination, don’t choose 1-2-3-4 (that’s the first one a thief will try). When you’re on the move, don’t advertise possessions to thieves. For instance, don’t park your car, hover in the carpark whilst taking a call on your expensive smartphone or checking your emails on you tablet to then put your desirable device back in the car. If you do need to carry your devices out and about with you then hide them away before parking at a restaurant – otherwise thieves can see that there’s expensive equipment in there.

Lastly, remember to look up once in a while
All this technology is great – but travellers should be wary of new dangers that arise from going on holiday with too much of it…like tripping over while navigating foreign streets glued to your GPS app (not to mention missing the scenic views because you were fixation by a tiny screen).

Stay cyber safe this summer!

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