For many, Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff to the summer travel season. In fact, 59% of Americans plan to take warm weather sojourns – up from 51% last year. With Americans spending over 8 billion minutes per month interacting with digital travel content
, the likelihood is you will book your trip online. By following these travel planning "to-dos," you can help protect yourself from cyber criminals looking for easy vacationer prey.
- Lock down your login. Get ready for your summer trek by fortifying your online accounts and enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device.
- Keep a clean machine. As your best line of defense, it’s important to make sure all security and critical software is up to date on your internet-connected devices before you leave town. Keep devices and apps updated during travel, too.
- Make sure all devices are password protected. Bolt your digital doors and be sure to use a passcode or security feature (like a finger swipe) to lock your mobile device.
- Own your online presence. Not everyone has to know about your travel escapades and summer fun: set the privacy and security preferences on web services and devices to your comfort level for sharing. It is okay to limit how and with whom you share information – especially when you are away.
Source: National Cyber Security Alliance.