We buy new bags and clothes before we go out for traveling. And it makes sense as protecting ourselves and our physical valuables are important during the travel. However, we pay a little heed to protect our digital data like our phone’s storage data, passwords, social media details, etc. Irony is that these are the more important things to protect but still most of us only care about our luggage. When you are traveling to a foreign destination, you are more vulnerable to digital threats or losing your personal devices. Here are six tips for protecting your virtual self while traveling.
- Buy an RFID-Blocking Wallet
When you are traveling, this is one of the most useful defenses against the risk of identity theft. Our new passports, credit cards, and driver licenses come with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) chips. These chips are constantly emitting our sensitive electronic data. Shrewd hackers and thieves can use RFID “skimmers” to spoof this data and store it. This data can be used later for criminal purposes like impersonating someone at the border or ATMs. Luckily, there are RFID blocking wallets in the market that work to block these transmissions. They are a streamlined solution and affordable as well. There are also Aluminum wallets that not only block RFID transmissions but also keep your personal documents safe.
- Turn On “Find My Phone”
Your phone is your identity. There can be nothing more catastrophic than losing your phone during the travel. Users are often unaware of features like “Find My Phone” on Android and “Find My iPhone” on iPhone. For those of us who are aware of these apps, they either assume it’s turned on by default. However, this is a very useful feature that is manually enabled. Whether you are an iPhone or Android user, you can turn it on in your phone’s settings sections. If you are an Apple user, this feature will send the phone’s location to your iCloud account. In case you use an Android phone, turn the feature on and test it’s working by visiting Google’s Find My Device Page. In the worst case scenario, if your phone is lost, you can remotely wipe signing into your Google or iCloud account.
- Keep a Good Travel Router with You
This tip is not as technical as it sounds. We all use a router at home to use the Internet and surf online. The purpose of the router is to serve as a security intermediary between your connected smartphone/laptop and the world outside. But you do not get the same security when you travel abroad as you would sometimes connect to public hotels, airports, and coffee shops. The solution to this is to invest in a good portable travel router. There are travel routers available in the market that are not only affordable but also easy to set up. Many of these routers are one-button devices that can simply be connected to your smartphone and laptop. After pairing the router with your device, you can connect it with the public network you wish to use while traveling. This process is not only simple but it will also keep your precious data safe when you are using the Internet during travel.
- Make Changes to Your Lock Screen
All new smartphones different lock screen customization options available. We can not only change it with fancy wallpapers and animations but also add a few lines of text as well. If you add a contact email or phone number to your phone’s screen, it will be easy for anyone to contact you in case it is lost. This isn’t a gamble if you are thinking so, because this information cannot be used maliciously against you.
- Protect Your Web Browsing With Privacy Screen
There are many ways modern browsers help shield our private information. They are equipped with password keepers and so on. But savvy hackers can still glean your login information over your shoulder and surf online sessions. You can take your protection one step further with a simple privacy screen. We usually use a screen protector to shield or screens from scratches and breaking; it is better to use one with a privacy tint. This unique screen protector ensures that your phone’s screen is only visible to those around you who are looking directly at it. Any stranger or someone standing on your side will see nothing but black.