Protect your devices while traveling this holiday season

The Information Security team of Vancouver IT wishes all VanCougs a happy holiday and restful break. While you’re traveling this holiday season, here are a few tips from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team to remember to protect your personal devices:

  • Do not use public Wi-Fi networks to conduct personal business, shop online or bank. Unsecure networks provide an opportunity for attackers to intercept sensitive information. Use your mobile device’s cellular data internet connection for these types of transactions while traveling.
  • Turn off Bluetooth when not in use. An open Bluetooth connection is susceptible to attack as cyber criminals can pair with it to steal personal information.
  • Be cautious when charging. Avoid connecting your mobile device to any computer or charging station that you don’t control via a USB cable. Doing so could allow software on that computer to interact with your phone.
  • Beware of phishing. Phishing emails have become very sophisticated and may even look as if they’re from legitimate retailers. If a deal looks too good to be true, or links look suspicious, do not click on them!
  • What to do if your accounts are compromised. Contact the bank, store or credit card company associated with that account in a timely manner to minimize the impact. You should also change account passwords for online services associated with your mobile device using a different computer that you control.

For more information about keeping your devices safe, read the US-CERT article Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices.