In the digital age, information is currency, so it’s crucial that you protect your data (and that of your company) while you’re travelling. Seemingly innocent actions can lead to potential cybersecurity breaches, putting your business data at risk.
Here are 5 ways to be more cyber-savvy on a business trip.
Don’t leave the door open
It’s easy to forget about Bluetooth but leaving it on is like leaving the door open to cyber-attacks. Make sure you disable Bluetooth connectivity before you enter a public area with an unknown Wi-Fi network.
Stay up to date
Before you depart (and while you’re connected to a secure Wi-Fi network at home or at work), update the operating software on all your mobile devices and ensure that you’re running the latest version of any apps you regularly use – especially those that store personal information.
Be picky about your passwords
While it might seem like the best idea to use the same password for all your logins, it’s a common mistake, especially when you’re using it for your social media sites. Social media platforms are particularly vulnerable to cyberthieves wanting to access personal information via ‘fun’ apps – which will then give them access to all your other logins, including your company emails and even sensitive documents stored in the cloud.
Best practice is to use password phrases which are made up of random words (for example, mickey-unicorn-popcorn-polaroid), and to use different phrases for all your different sites. If you struggle to remember your passwords, you can make use of your device’s keychain access app.
Be wary of connecting to the free Wi-Fi
Airport lounges, coffee shops, and train stations… free Wi-Fi is pretty much everywhere. While these connectivity hotspots make it easier for you to plug in and check your emails, catch up with your social network or simply browse the internet to pass the time between flights, they also make it easier for hackers to reach your personal information.
Check that your device is not on auto-connect mode, so that it cannot connect to new networks while you’re on the road.
Know the rules
Your company travel policy should outline policies and procedures for data protection while travelling, such as encrypting all your devices. Be sure to review these details with your travel management company before you head out on your next trip.
Want to put a travel risk programme in place that protects your company’s sensitive information? Get in touch with Thompsons Travel today.