Five tips to take care of your cybersecurity when you go on a trip

Whether it’s a bridge, a holiday or an annual vacation, we all like to take a few days off to visit another place, spend time with our loved ones and get away from the daily routine. And as in other aspects of our lives, today’s technology makes it easy to make hotel or flight reservations, to brag about the good times we’re having, to leave our protected homes while we’re gone. travelling.

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But unfortunately heCybercriminals have no rest and take advantage of these moments of planning and the absence to take advantage of those who enjoy a few days off away from home.

So for these days of rest, we leave you, with the support of Kaspersky (a company specializing in cybersecurity), Five tips to take care of your digital security in an easy way.

Scams and fake travel or booking promotions

Cybercriminals adapt their techniques and operations to holiday and holiday seasons to promote bogus offers; It is common for malicious links to circulate with supposed promotions that only seek to steal your money and/or personal data. Therefore, make sure that all your reservations, plane, bus, hotel, etc., are made on safe and reliable sites. Don’t click on random promotions that seem too good to be true: remember that they may direct you to malicious sites or automatically download malware to your device.

Secure home computers connected to the Internet

Currently, 69% of Colombians have multiple devices connected to the Internet, not just computers, phones or smart displays: 26% have video surveillance systems; 29% alarm systems; 22% smart lights and 19% digital video door entry systems. All of these systems have one thing in common: our router, which is the heart of all devices connected to the network and, if not properly protected, makes all devices vulnerable. Change the admin or management password that came with the router, as default passwords for different router models are not only very weak, but often non-unique and therefore easy to guess.

Do not report your absence on Social Networks

Although when we publish a post on our social networks, the objective is to share it with our family and friends, let us remember that on many occasions these posts are also seen by strangers. A survey conducted by Kaspersky found that 19% of Latin Americans regretted posting something on social media because it contains personal information related to, among other things, their location, family or work. Check the privacy settings of your networks so no strangers can see them.

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Be careful with the photos you share online

Before sharing photos of your tickets or travel, choose those that don’t reveal unnecessary information such as your location, details of any of your IDs like your passport, or that show you in compromising situations. Misuse of personal information can lead to various issues such as identity theft and even theft of your frequent flyer miles. Also remember that once you share an image, it will live in cyberspace forever and become part of the digital footprint you leave on the network.

Beware of public Wi-Fi

Internet access in a public space may be considered a good option for many users while on vacation; however, it’s also for cybercriminals, since this convenience offers the ability to position themselves on poorly protected access points, or place a point that masquerades as public, in order to intercept network traffic and get user data. If during your trip you decide to take advantage of Wi-Fi at the airport, bus station or hotel, be aware of the possible security risks and use a VPN on your computers to encrypt the exchange of information via devices connected to the Internet.

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