December 29, 2017

Security tips when you travel abroad

Before You start Travel

Get a Travel VPN. More than physical device theft it is the information theft which can create bigger problem for us. Get a travel vpn before you start your travel and configure it in all your devices. This will protect your data while travelling. Nordvpn is one good VPN provider. I will share more once I review other VPN providers.

Keep it simple. Carry gadgets which are important during travel. Carrying unnecessary devices will only make your life difficult in tracking and risk of being stolen. I always keep my official phone & laptop at home whenever travel for vacations.

Enable device passwords. It’s a must for all your gadgets. Setup access passwords for your smartphones, tablets, laptops. Chances of your personal data leaking to a thief is very less if the device is password protected. It gives you enough time to wipe the data remotely in case of theft.

Document your devices. Create a detailed list of the make and model numbers of your devices, the serial numbers, and other important details.

Look into lost device protection services. There are a range of apps and services for mobile devices that help you track and retrieve them should they be lost or stolen. Look into options for your devices before you leave, and set them up.

Check multifactor authentication. Most of the mail services and apps are having 2 level authentication nowadays. I will highly recommend you to enable multifactor authentication. Reason is simple. It will make it very difficult for a hacker to access your accounts with multifactor authentication. Usually one time password comes as SMS or email to your mobile. Just be sure you take the multifactor authentication app or device with you. You may need to carry your home country sim to receive OTP.

multifactor authentication

Log out of your apps.  Uncheck the “remember me” option on your apps.

Back up everything. For any devices you do choose to travel with, be sure to back up files, photos, music, and any other information you would not want to lose should the device crash, break, or be stolen.

When You are Travelling

Avoid public WiFi.  You will read it everywhere. Public WiFi is the biggest reason for data hacks and information thefts. For payment transactions, online banking, and any other online activity that may involve user names, passwords, and personal information, avoid using open WiFi that could leave your information exposed to anyone snooping the network. Use VPN services to safeguard your internet transactions. This will help you in keeping the information encrypted and also allows access to services which may be banned in country you are travelling. (Facebook is banned in China, you can access it with the help of nordvpn dns server )

I personally uses NORD VPN while travelling abroad. nordvpn gives me absolute peace of mind from theft of personal information over public internet.

avoid public wifi

Don’t select “remember me”. If you have to login on public computers (like one in a hotel lobby) do not use the “remember me” setting. Use Incognito mode in google chrome to remove all traces of cookies, saved history, session details from the computer the moment you close the browser window.

On returning from Travel

Update your passwords. Once you return home to a trusted device and a trusted network, be sure to update the passwords to any accounts you had to access on open WiFi or on public computers.

Keep an eye on your accounts. Even if you were very careful while traveling, be sure to keep an eye on your credit card and online banking activity for any suspicious transactions, as well as your email and social accounts for any unusual activity. Get your travel card deactivated and transfer the money to your bank account. Apply for a new card for next travel

Do let me know if you have any more suggestions to keep travellers safe.