Traveling is stressful, whether it’s for business or pleasure. Airports are crowded and exhausting. You have to lug around bags, juggle personal items, take off your shoes. And the internet always sucks. Most free or public wifi sucks, why?
A. Tons of people are on it which slows it down
B. it’s not secure (this doesn’t really affect the speed a whole bunch but it can affect you big time.)
Before you travel
Remove any sensitive information from your device you won’t need.
Make sure your software is up to date, install antivirus protection if you can.
Clear out your browsing history and saved passwords.
Make sure your devices are password protected with strong passwords and disable bluetooth if you’re not using it.
Enable tracking on your devices in case they go missing.
While you travel
Let your bank know you're traveling so you don't get flagged for suspicious purchasing, but also keep an eye on your statements.
Take advantage of hotel safes to stache away valuables you won't be needing.
Avoid public wifi like the plague. If you absolutely need to connect to public wifi you should avoid accessing your personal accounts as to not compromise them. If you know you will be needing public wifi during your trip it's a good idea to invest in a VPN that can be applied to all of your devices, they will offer protection against potential hackers trying to acess peoples information through unsecure networks.
Try not to use any public computers to do your business because you don't know if they are secure and you don't want your information getting in the wrong hands.
Don't let anyone use your computer, or plug in a flash drive unless you really know them. They could be trying to infect your computer with a virus.
If you have antivirus installed make sure to run a scan regularly on your trip to keep your device safe.
Once you're home it's the best practice to get your devices checked out just in case they may have been compromised.
You may think that because you're back home you'll be safe but these safety tools can be applied to daily life as well. Don't be comfortable using public wifi because you never know when danger is lurking at the starbucks you're finishing up a project at.
Keep yourself safe with VPN's and antivirus when you're connecting to free wifi at the gym or a theme park.
Make sure you are updating your software when it comes up instead of putting it off again and again because it's "not convinient". Because a virus would be way more inconvinient than a 10 minute download, trust me.
Be more mindful about how much information is at risk when you're not practicing web safety.