November 14, 2019
As the holiday season approaches, be mindful of the security risks that come with travelling. Device theft isn’t the only threat you need to worry about – hackers often target unsecured public WiFi networks and corrupt devices with malware. Whether you’re spending the holidays at home or abroad, make it a priority to safeguard your personal information. Follow this checklist as you prepare to leave:
- Back up your data. Hard drives are prone to crashing unexpectedly, and there is always the possibility of your device getting lost or stolen during your trip.
- Turn off file and print sharing. Doing so will block unauthorized access to your files.
- Quit all applications and enable WiFi. If you are travelling abroad, this will prevent any roaming charges.
- Disable automatic connections to open WiFi networks. Connecting to public networks in airports and other places makes it easier for hackers to access your information.
- Connect to UF’s VPN. This service protects your Internet activity by providing secure remote access to the university’s network.
Don’t let a cyber attack or lost device ruin your time with loved ones. Visit https://security.ufl.edu/ to read more tech safety tips for travelers.