5 Solid Online Safety Tips for the Business Traveler

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For the travelling entrepreneur, there are times when you just cannot afford to unplug. Sometimes we just have to squeeze in that last e-mail and check back in to our social media accounts to make sure our pre-scheduled posts have gone live! So whether with family or for business, make sure you’re exercising these tips to stay secure this travelling season.

1. Use public Wi-Fi with caution

Using public Wi-Fi is a lot like swimming in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It is vast, there are tons of other creatures, and there are sharks lurking in places that you cannot see! Think about how many people have accessed your local Starbucks or Airport Wi-Fi network today alone!

“It takes zero hacking skills to surreptitiously monitor and/or hijack communications over a public Wi-Fi network. Widely available freeware makes eavesdropping on emails and web browsing as simple as pressing a button.” (Source: Forbes)

Just remember, each time you use public Wi-Fi, you must do so with the premise that everything you do is visible to others connected to the network.

2. Use Two-Factor Authentication

Using Two-Factor authentication extends the log-in process, but it adds an extra layer of protection to your accounts. Adding an extra factor makes it much harder for unauthorized users to access your accounts.

Facebook, for example, has a two-factor authentication setting to link your account with your mobile device. This can be enabled so that anytime you try to log-in to your Facebook, you must also enter a unique pin code that they send to your mobile phone via text message.

3. Avoid over-sharing on social media

Birth dates on Facebook. Occupation on LinkedIn. Location check-ins on FourSquare. With social media embedded in our lives, all of this information is not only available. It is easily accessible. Though it can be exciting to share your Spring breaks and work vacations, think twice about the information you reveal to publicly. If you must share that picture of the beautiful sunset or snow-capped mountain, be sure to keep your privacy settings as high as possible.

4. Use common sense

Protecting your belongings and privacy is not a product you can simply purchase. It’s a practice.

  • Lock all of your devices when they are not in use.
  • Take advantage of the hotel safe to store your belongings.
  • Tone down your volume when discussing business or personal matters over the phone.
  • Place a name tag on your luggage, laptop, and any important valuables so that they can be returned to you, should they be lost or stolen.

5. Check credit score and bank statements

Staying up to date with your bank statements will help you identify any unauthorized purchases and suspicious activity. For those that travel often, paying extra attention to your statements and credit score is vital, as you are more likely to make sporadic purchases.

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