July 21, 2014
Using mobile devices presents increased security risks. Device theft is not the only concern–criminals also steal personal information by hacking into unsecured public Wi-Fi networks or infecting computers with malware. Here are some tips for you to follow, before you pack your bags:
⏩ Bring only what you need – leave devices with personal and UF restricted data, and ID cards or extra credit cards, at home.
⏩ Mobile devices and laptops need to be encrypted.
⏩ If possible, use a temporary laptop and an inexpensive prepaid phone instead of traveling with your own personal devices.
⏩ Make sure your laptop is up-to-date with all operating system and antivirus software updates.
When traveling, use UF’s VPN service to protect your Internet activity. Also, it is never a good idea to use shared devices, such as public computers in Internet cafes, for anything that requires entry of any password, especially your GatorLink. When you get home, it’s a good idea to change all passwords used abroad.
Visit the Information Security Office’s Protect Yourself webpage for more IT-based security travel tips.