The summer season is upon us and in this modern era where we never truly disconnect, that means our mobile devices will be along for the ride. In fact, mobile use typically increases during this time of year as kids are out of school and adults are away from the office. Our mobile devices keep us entertained while traveling and serve as a valuable tool when trying to find accommodations, transportation or just a fun activity when on the go. With this increased dependency it's the optimal time to make sure that your device is secure and your personal information is safe.
So here are our 5 tips for ensuring that your mobile device is the perfect little summer fun companion.
5. WiFi with caution.
Public WiFi availability can be very convenient but there are certainly risks involved. Beware of “Free WiFi” networks as it's is pretty easy for someone to intercept your data in a man-in-the-middle attack. As a general rule, check with the establishment that you're visiting for the name of their WiFi network and only connect when you have confirmed the source. For more tips on public WiFi, check out Staying safe on public Wi-Fi.
4. Lock your devices.
It is always a best practice to utilize the lock feature in your device's settings. You should set your devices to lock and require a password for use when you're not actively using them.
3. Back up your files.
Vacations are over before we know it. The best way to capture those special moments is to snap a ton of photo memories along the way. But one sure way to ruin that trip is to have something happen to your phone that wipes those pics away. Make it a habit to back them up each day by utilizing cloud storage or downloading them to a second secure place.
2. Keep an eye on your stuff.
You're having the time of your life visiting a wonderful new city or country when suddenly you realize you're missing your phone. It was right there, and now it's gone. Unfortunately, our mobile devices are hot commodities all over the world and can disappear in a second. Don't leave your personal items out on tables or anywhere someone can easily snag them.
1. Turn on 2FA.
To help ensure that you have a fun and relaxing summer, turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) on your accounts that offer it. With 2FA enabled, you can sit back and relax knowing that those accounts are protected from compromise. Learn more about 2FA, here.
Wishing you a happy and safe summer!"