Guest Networks: Internet Privacy While Traveling

Guest Networks: How to protect your Internet Privacy and Information While Traveling

The holiday travel season is just around the corner, and whether you're traveling by plane, train, or automobile, you will likely need to join a guest or public network if you don't have a reliable hotspot. But the reality is you're potentially opening yourself up to fraud and identity theft. So how do you keep yourself safe and your data secure? Read below for tips and best practices on reducing your risk while traveling. 

9 Tips for Protecting Your Privacy While Traveling

  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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