7 Cybersecurity tips for holidays

The holidays are just around the corner! During this time, many individuals are busy making plans for relaxation and quality time with friends and family. However, those plans don’t usually include leaving your smartphone, tablet or even laptop at home. All of us will find a  place for these gadgets in our luggage.

Many of us reduce our online presence during holidays but we don’t disconnect altogether. This is why we shouldn’t put cybersecurity on the back burner. When you’re outside your familiar environment, you may be exposed to threats you may have not considered.

In order to minimize potential identity theft, stolen bank account or credit card details, and malware attacks, read these 7 cybersecurity tips.

Backup and update before leaving your home

Cybersecurity risk management includes backing up and updating regularly. It should be an action that is always on your mind, like turning off the lights when leaving home. If you’re not sure how to make a backup, make sure you visit the following pages for instructions that will make it an easy process: Windows backup, Mac backup, Android backup, and iOS backup. Also, whenever you see a notification for an update of the system or an application, click it.

Don’t post about your holiday location or the time you’ll be leaving your home

It is crucial to resist posting online when and where you’ll be going on holiday. Even though it doesn’t affect cybersecurity; the fewer details about yourself you post online, the better. You never know who might use your info in many different, unexpected ways.

Don’t connect to shared networks

One of the issues of cybersecurity risk management is to avoid connecting to shared networks. How many times have you asked “Do you have Wi-Fi?” in a restaurant, hotel, or a café? Well, we suggest you don’t connect publicly. Though there are times when you need to connect, make sure not to purchase anything at that moment, share passwords, or access applications with banking information, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information.

Don’t download information you don’t know

We also recommend that you avoid downloading apps you do not know anything about such as applications some hotels offer to their guests. Make sure you rely on downloading applications from official sites such as Google Play or App Store.

Be careful with connecting a USB drive

Cybersecurity and risks you are exposed to should always be on your mind. If anyone ever asks you to insert their USB drive into your computer, don’t let it be done. That is the worst thing you could do. USB infections are common because they are an old hacking tool.

Activate the double authentication

Data breaches are something that happen often because people don’t do anything to protect their accounts. In order to avoid such situations, it’s recommended, apart from having strong passwords, that you activate double authentication factor whenever possible. If someone tries to log in to your account, they will also need a key you’ll get on your mobile phone.

Be careful with emails during holidays

Cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated every day. Some of them use email which they send to companies during summer to see what kind of automatic emails answer, informing about absence. This way hackers get valuable information when planning the attack, such as impersonation of a company’s employee. If you can, don’t use automated emails. Also, you should be careful with phishing scams in particular.

Get cyber secure before the holidays with CertainSafe

These cybersecurity tips are more or less the same as the ones we should use on a daily basis. Go to your holiday and enjoy the well-deserved days off. The less you use your mobile or laptop the better your holiday will be.

Call CertainSafe for any additional information you may have at 719-323-6684!