How do you get ready when you are getting ready to head out on vacation? Of course, you research all of the tips for travelers, make sure your passport (if needed) is ready to go, flights and lodging is confirmed, your car is ready to go if you are driving, and you have your pets taken care of if you are leaving them at home, right?
However, have you thought about how to stay digitally safe while you are traveling?
Think about how many times you head to your hotel room, log into the hotel’s free Wi-Fi and start working? Checking your bills? Emails? Once? Twice? Multiple times a day?
As a blogger, I have to remind myself that when we are traveling for the blog to now broadcast it when we are traveling! We’ve all seen people who open post they are heading out on vacation, show pics while they are gone, and saying things like, “We will be home on Sunday”. Sadly we all forget that what we share online stays there forever. I never really believed it until I became a blogger and learned more about social media. Unless you want it broadcasted to the world, don’t share it on social media!
Recently Allstate conducted a Digital Safety Survey, which found there’s a gap between what Americans think they know about data. That’s when Allstate launched HiddenWorldOfData.com, a new resource that gives consumers tips to protect themselves while sharing on social media and online shopping. Ultimately, consumers should protect their data, just as they would a home or car – especially on vacation.
Here are the top five digital safety tips for travelers and tricks from Allstate to keep in mind:
- Wait until you’re back from vacation to post on social media. Avoid telling the world you won’t be home for a long time unless it’s well-trusted friends and family. Trust us – those enviable pictures can wait.
- Use your data if the Wi-Fi isn’t secure. Connecting to unsecured public networks from local restaurants and businesses could open sharing your personal data. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN), a personal/mobile hotspot, or your phone’s data in a pinch.
- Keep your location to yourself. When accessing a new site, some companies will ask for your location. Weigh potential risks of sharing personal data before buying those cute shoes.
- Secure all your devices. Strong passwords or touch ID features are your first line of defense when preventing theft of sensitive information. Security measures can help protect your data in case your device is lost or stolen while you’re traveling.
- Keep your devices and apps up-to-date. Having the most up-to-date software and applications is amongst the best defenses against threats. If an app is no longer in use, just close or delete it.
Make sure to head over to HiddenWorldofData.com for more information!
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