Cyber security is of more importance these days than ever before. With rapid advancement in technology, our mobile phones can now store more business related as well as personal data than ever before.This has made them prone to Cyber threats, especially when you are traveling in another country. Most of us are so delighted to get a free wifi spot and save on roaming charges. Accessing the mail or sharing the latest pictures becomes of such a prime importance to us that we are totally ignorant about the safety of the network we are so happily using and the inherent risks involved.
Rather than go for tablets or PC’s, hackers have cast their eyes on mobile phones, which are easier to target. It is therefore important to follow a certain set of guidelines. Even when implemented these may not offer total protection,but will surely raise the safety parameters of your mobile phone by several notches while traveling.
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1) Use a strong password
The password is your main line of defense in case your phone gets stolen or misused. Always use a combination of numbers, letters and acronyms as much as you can, remembering at the same time to change your password at least once in six months. Use of biometric protection such as fingerprints can still enhance the security measures.
2) Update your software regularly
Looking for software updates and implementing them regularly are equally important as password protection for your mobile phones. It is important to check for updates, especially when you are due to begin your travels. These may include security bug fixing or attending to sealing cracks in the system. Delete unused apps as they can track your location and collect sensitive data about you.
3) Avoid public WiFi spots
A public WiFi looks a great money saver, especially when traveling abroad as you save substantially on a cellular connection and data roaming expenses. However, if these spots are not password protected, it makes them very insecure. Professional hackers could easily intercept your communications and steal personal information like credit card numbers etc from you. It is therefore advisable to use a VPN or a virtual private network for more security. Lastly, if not in use keep your WiFi turned off to keep your device invisible to others.
4) Safeguard your mobile device
Never leave your mobile phone unattended, including your USB or any external storage device. This is the best way to prevent any theft or allow unauthorized access to your sensitive information. While on the move, keep the device secure, especially when in taxi, at the airport or in your hotel room.
Apart from external security, download this free android antivirus app to protect from any malware.
5) Use URLs starting with ‘https’
When logging on to a site which contains sensitive information, like your bank site, it is imperative to ensure that you are safe and secured.Though using the https means that the website is encrypted, it is not completely foolproof. You can be a subject of MITM, a form of eavesdropping that one outsider can adopt with two parties, making both think that they are confidentiality talking with each other only.
The main thing to remember here is that you may do all the things right and still get hacked. In such cases changing to a stronger password and informing the affected network can help. Hackers are thieves and opportunists, so why provide them an easy access for them to achieve their nefarious aims? By following the advice offered here you will always stay a step ahead of these modern day pirates.