Business travelers are easy pickings for cybercriminals.
Indeed, approximately 20% of all travelers become victims of cybercrime when overseas.
It’s no minor issue. From accessing confidential files, and the theft of user IDs, to the installation of spyware, the implications can be severe.
Consequently, anyone traveling for business (or leisure, for that matter) must take steps to protect themselves from the threat. What are the best ways to do it?
Keep reading to discover 5 top cybersecurity tips to travel securely for business.
1. Avoid Open Wi-Fi
Open Wi-Fi networks are always tempting to the business traveler.
With work to be done, free access to the internet can be difficult to resist. However, it’s in your interest to do so. Unencrypted networks are gold dust to cybercriminals. It makes gaining access to your personal files and accounts a walk in the park.
That’s bad news for anyone without a disaster recovery plan.
Practice caution. If you have to use them, then be sensible. Try and avoid sharing sensitive information. Any data you access and/or share can easily be intercepted.
2. Use a VPN
Virtual private networks (VPNs) are one way of mitigating the open Wi-Fi network issue.
VPNs encrypt the data you send over a network. As a result, the data becomes unreadable to anyone attempting to access it.
An added bonus is its manipulation of your IP address. This makes it seem like you’re in a different country. This is useful in some locations where access to particular online content isn’t allowed.
You unlock access to content that would otherwise be unavailable. Meaning you can get your work done regardless!
3. Install and Utilize Anti-Virus
Anti-virus and anti-spyware software are an absolute must.
Not installing them on all devices is akin to an army officer choosing not to wear their body armor into battle. You leave yourself open to attack.
It’s an expense, sure. But the potential cost savings from ransomware attacks and replacement of equipment make it a worthy investment.
4. Make Strong Passwords Compulsory
Passwords to IT equipment are often the first line of defense against cybercrime.
It’s vital to have a strong password that cannot be guessed easily. Randomly assigned passwords and multifactor authentication are worthy considerations too.
At the very least, ensure all employees regularly change their passwords. Make it compulsory.
5. Create and Enforce Security Best Practices and Policies
The security of organizational data is of paramount importance.
Sensitive data must be protected.
It’s crucial that all employees understand their personal responsibilities in ensuring its safekeeping. Establish clear best practices and written policies that clarify what, and what not, to do.
Be sure to share the policies to everyone they apply to.
Time to Travel Securely for Business
There you have it: 5 cybersecurity tips to ensure you travel securely for business.
Travelers are frequent targets of cybercrime. By virtue of being away from in-house organizational IT safeguards, they become easy pickings to criminals. The financial costs and leaks of sensitive data make this a serious organizational threat.
It’s vital to know how to protect devices from attack while traveling for work. Hopefully, this post has provided some top ideas to get started.
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