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Travel Tips for Keeping your Devices and Data Safe

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    1Enable the security options on your devices. 2Use a VPN when using public Wi-Fi. 3Get peace of mind with regular backups.
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Anytime you travel, you expose your devices to additional security risk. Most of us tote around multiple devices: laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc., which are easy targets for thieves and hackers.

In an article by Chris Hoffman published on PC, the author offers some easy tips for keeping your data and devices safe.

Four Travel Safety Tips

1. Use a VPN. When you’re away from home, chances are you’ll be connecting to a public Wi-Fi hotspot. For just a few dollars a month, you can receive security protection with a VPN service. This will protect you from phishing sites and other nefarious scams when you’re working on the go.

Hoffman notes that many companies now require their employees connect to a VPN while working remotely.

2. Track your devices. Prior to your trip, Hoffman also advises activating the excellent built-in security tools that come with smartphones and tablets.

“Be sure to set up device-tracking, remote-locking, and remote-wiping features ahead of time…Android phones and tablets offer integrated tracking via Google’s Android Device Manager, and Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and Macs offer integrated tracking via Find My iPhone in iCloud. Windows Phones offer integrated tracking, too,” he says.

3. Enable encryption on your devices. This will protect you in the unfortunate scenario that one of your devices with stored credit card information is accessed by a stranger.

4. Back everything up. You can either back up to the cloud or to an external hard drive, but preferably both. Store your backups in multiple locations, he says, but don’t bring your external hard drive with you when traveling — keep it somewhere secure.

Happy and safe travels!

To read the original article in its entirety, please visit PC World.

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