Are you going on holiday or on a business trip? Have you backed up the information stored on the devices you carry? Have you encrypted the gadgets? If you haven’t already, you better do it now. You’d better have your own cyber security policy to minimize loss in case your devices are stolen.
B Surender (name changed), an NRI scientist who recently came to India for a conference, lost his laptop at an airport. Although he was visibly upset by the loss of the laptop, he wasn’t really worried about the potential loss of data. “I stored all the data down to the last byte. Since the device is encrypted, it is not easy for someone to crack it. I can erase all the data if I can’t find it,” he says.
Cybersecurity experts have urged people to be diligent when it comes to protecting their data, especially when traveling. Cybersecurity solutions company Sophos has released a set of suggestions for people to protect their devices when traveling.
No vacation for threats
“While there is a lot to expect, travelers should also be aware that cybersecurity risks don’t take a vacation. A growing number of travelers have reported being victims of cyber fraud while on vacation.
“The only backup you will ever regret is the one you didn’t make. Remember to make a reliable backup of all data. This also ensures that the devices you travel with contain a minimum of sensitive data,” advises Sophos.
“Before travelling, it is recommended to reset lock codes. When doing so, avoid using simple codes or numbers that follow a sequence and can be easy to guess,” he observes.
One should also be prepared for random device screening when crossing international borders. Foreign authorities could even copy the data, including data that has been deleted. “Your travel plan should take into account the type of data you are carrying. You should check the entry rules before planning a visit and take stock of the devices and data you are carrying,” says Sophos.
It is quite common for travelers to access public Wi-Fi hotspots and PCs available at airports or in hotels and conference venues to check emails or send documents. “When using public Wi-Fi, remember to access websites and apps that follow appropriate encryption systems. When browsing, make sure the sites you visit start with https:/ /,” he says.
He also wants people to get pre-clearance from their offices if they want to carry their official devices. It is not only enough to carry less luggage during the trip for a comfortable journey, but it is also important to have less (important) data about you to ensure an incident-free journey.
August 01, 2022