Top Tips for Gearing Up to Go

July 6, 2020

Summer is a time for fun. Follow these travel-inspired “to-dos,” to protect yourself while traveling or preparing to travel.

Lock down your login

Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Get ready for your summer trek by fortifying your online accounts and enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device

Keep a clean machine

Before you leave town, it’s important to make sure all security and critical software is up to date on your internet-connected devices. Keep devices and apps updated during travel, too. It is your best line of defense.

Make sure all devices are password protected

Bolt your digital doors and be sure to use a passcode or security feature (like a finger swipe) to lock your mobile device.

Think before you app

Review an app’s privacy policy and understand what data (such as location and entry to your social networks) it can access on your device before you download. Delete apps you are no longer using.

Own your online presence

Not everyone has to know about your travel escapades and summer fun: set the privacy and security preferences on web services and devices to your comfort level for sharing. It isokay to limit how and with whom you share information – especially when you are away.

 

Top Tips While On the Go

Actively manage location services

Location tools come in handy while planning your trip or navigating a new city, but they can also expose your whereabouts – even through photos. Turn off location services when they’re not in use.

Get savvy about WiFi hot spots

Do not transmit personal info or make purchases on unsecure networks like those in local cafes and hotel lobbies. Instead, use a virtual private network (VPN) or your phone’s cellular connection as a personal hotspot to surf more securely.

Delete unused apps

Many people use apps that can be specific to a city or attraction. These apps should be deleted when no longer needed.

Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when idle

When WiFi and Bluetooth are on, they connect and track your whereabouts. If you do not need them, switch them off.

Protect your $$$

Be sure to shop or bank only on secure sites. A web address with “https://” means the site takes extra security measures. However, an “http://” address is not secure.

Never use public computers to log in to any accounts

Be extremely cautious on public computers in public places like airports, hotel lobbies and internet cafes. Keep activities as generic and anonymous as possible.

Share with care

Think twice before posting pictures that would reveal you are not home or that you would not want certain people (like your parents or employer) to see.

Post only about others as you would have them post about you

The golden rule applies online, too.

Top Tips for Gearing Up to Go

July 1, 2020

It’s summertime, and if you’re one of the many in vacation mode, follow these online safety tips when traveling for greater confidence and peace of mind when planning and also while enjoying.

Online Safety Tips When Traveling: Top Tips for Gearing Up to Go

Lockdown Your Login

Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking, and social media. Get ready for your summer trek by fortifying your online accounts and enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device

Keep a Clean Machine

Before you leave town, it’s important to make sure all security and critical software are up to date on your internet-connected devices. Keep devices and apps updated during travel, too. It is your best line of defense.

Make Sure All Devices Are Password Protected

Bolt your digital doors, and be sure to use a passcode or security feature (like a finger swipe) to lock your mobile device.

Think Before You App

Review an app’s privacy policy and understand what data (such as location and entry to your social networks) it can access on your device before you download. Delete apps you are no longer using.

Own Your Online Presence

online safety when traveling

Not everyone has to know about your travel escapades and summer fun: set the privacy and security preferences on web services and devices to your comfort level for sharing. It is okay to limit how and with whom you share information – especially when you are away.

Online Safety Tips When Traveling: Top Tips While On the Go

Actively Manage Location Services

Location tools come in handy while planning your trip or navigating a new city, but they can also expose your whereabouts – even through photos. Turn off location services when they’re not in use.

Get Savvy About WiFi Hot Spots

Do not transmit personal info or make purchases on unsecure networks like those in local cafes and hotel lobbies. Instead, use a virtual private network (VPN) or your phone’s cellular connection as a personal hotspot to surf more securely.

Delete Unused Apps

Many people use apps that can be specific to a city or attraction. These apps should be deleted when no longer needed.

Turn Off WiFi and Bluetooth When Idle

When WiFi and Bluetooth are on, they connect and track your whereabouts. If you do not need them, switch them off.

Protect Your $$$

Be sure to shop or bank only on secure sites. A web address with “https://” means the site takes extra security measures. However, an “http://” address is not secure.

Never Use Public Computers to Log Into Any Accounts

Be extremely cautious on public computers in public places like airports, hotel lobbies, and internet cafes. Keep activities as generic and anonymous as possible.

Share With Care

Think twice before posting pictures that would reveal you are not home or that you would not want certain people (like your parents or employer) to see.

Post Only About Others As You Would Have Them Post About You

The golden rule applies online, too.

Considerations for Those Looking to Travel this Summer

June 11, 2020

If you’re thinking about traveling this summer away from your local community, consider these coronavirus traveling tips to protect yourself and others during your trip.

Coronavirus traveling tips

6 Coronavirus Traveling Tips

• Clean and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating.

• Bring hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

• If you have to be in contact with others, remember to keep six feet of physical distance between you and others.

• Wear a cloth face-covering in public.

• Pick up food at drive-thru’s, curbside restaurant service, or stores.

4 Ways to Avoid Online Coronavirus Scams and Fraud

June 2, 2020

online coronavirus scamsCybercriminals continue to seize on coronavirus fears by using online scams to extract internet users’ personal and financial information.

These scams are sent through email, texts, or social media, and they claim to provide coronavirus awareness by offering virus prevention products and/or they may ask for donations to a charity.

They often appear legitimate, so vigilance is needed.

The National Cyber Security Alliance offers these tips to avoid being a victim of online coronavirus scams:

  • Don’t reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in an email.
  • Pay attention to the website’s URL. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (.com versus .net).
  • If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Contact the company using the information provided on an account statement, not the information provided in an email. Check out the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) to learn about known phishing attacks and/or to report phishing.
  • Keep a clean machine. Keep all software on internet-connected devices (including PCs, smartphones, and tablets) up-to-date to reduce the risk of infection from malware.

For more information and tips on how to stay safe online, visit NCSA at: www.staysafeonline.org.