Cyber attackers want to collect any data. Almost all data can be sold, including your personal information, the data of your clients, suppliers, and friends, and your business records. Most of the time, the information that is stored on your device is worth more than the device itself. Here are 3 ways that a hacker can attack while you are away:
- Whether you or your employee forgot and left their laptop at the airport or a thief stole it from the cafe-the end result is the same-the device is gone! Hackers will take advantage of any opportunity to gain access to a device. Never leave your device in the hotel room or allow anyone to "borrow" it for any reason.
- There is free WiFi everywhere! Hackers take advantage of this to create their own free, unsecured network in hopes that a traveler signs on to quickly check an email.
- Hackers do not necessarily have to create their own network. Data that travels across any unsecure network is visible and accessible to anyone with the right software.
Take these 4 precautions to help protect your data while traveling:
- Make a backup before you leave. If your device is lost, you will be able to restore the data from your backup onto a new computer.
- Do not use public WiFi. Do not go online until you have access to a secure network...even to check an email.
- Use passwords and encryption. Make sure you have a password on all of your devices. Even better, have full drive encryption. If your data is removed from the device, no one will be able to access the contents.
- Fast action after loss. If your device is lost or stolen, notify the appropriate people immediately. You will want to talk with your IT provider to change passwords, your bank to lock down your accounts, and any staff or manager that may need to be aware of the breech.
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