Guest Networks: Internet Privacy While Traveling

Guest Networks: Internet Privacy While Traveling

Traveling this weekend? While it is preferred, sometimes we don’t have the option of using our phones as reliable hotspots, or have a personal hotspot plan. You may opt to use a public or guest network at some point. Ingalls would like to remind you of some security best practices to take if so:

  1. Set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on all accounts that can utilize it before leaving home. This includes email, social media, productivity, and many others.
  2. ALWAYS use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) as guest and or public networks might be unencrypted which means all of your traffic is potentially sent “in the clear”. 
  3. Avoid accessing important accounts if not absolutely necessary (financial, business, medical, etc).
  4. Do not stay connected to public accessible networks indefinitely and do not stay logged into accounts. Sign out of accounts when you are finished using them. This includes gaming devices. 
  5. Consider using a Virtual Machine (VM) as they are great for segmenting your personal computer files and system from prying eyes. 
  6. Only log in to familiar sites with secured connections (look for HTTPS).
  7. Adjust settings to ensure your devices are not automatically connecting to WiFi networks.
  8. Don’t forget physical security measures too! Consider installing a privacy screen to deter shoulder surfing.
  9. Consider not broadcasting that you and/or your family will be away from home, or where you are going on social media. This includes “checking in” to locations as well as immediately uploading and geotagging pictures on social media posts. 

Employing these will provide an effective base for you and your family’s overall security while traveling. Best of all, they’re easy to implement!

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