Whether traveling for business or pleasure, few things put a damper on your trip like the loss or theft of valuables. Sometimes the theft of confidential information on your laptop or mobile device is worse than losing the device itself. Increasingly powerful technology makes it easy for executives to work when they travel, but this portability also creates opportunities for cybercriminals. Follow these best practices to help you protect data on your next business trip or vacation.
- Secure Your Mobile Device
Compared to a laptop, a phone or other mobile device may not seem like a valuable target for data theft. But even if you don’t store confidential documents on your mobile device, criminals may still use it to access your company email, file-storage platforms, and other sources of private information. Make sure your phone requires a PIN for access, and don’t allow it to automatically sync with other devices via Bluetooth®, which can make it vulnerable to data theft
- Be Careful on Public Computers
Public computers in hotel business centers or cafés are vulnerable to cybercrime. Thieves may install spyware, such as keylogging software that records your keystrokes, in order to capture passwords and other information. It’s fine to use public computers to read the news or do basic research, but avoid entering passwords or other sensitive information. This means you should never use public computers for checking email, shopping, or online banking
- Guard Your Devices
Theft from hotel rooms is all too common. Business travelers are wise to store mobile devices and other valuables in the room safe provided by the hotel. If you’re on vacation, consider leaving your company laptop at home to avoid the possibility of its theft. In public places, such as airports and train stations, keep your mobile devices out of sight to prevent becoming a target for thieves
- Use Caution on Public Networks
Public Wi-Fi networks are convenient, but using them makes you vulnerable to data theft and deceptive practices. In some public places, cybercriminals may set up their own Wi-Fi “network” with a legitimate-sounding name to trick you into logging on, which gives them access to the information you send. Ask a member of your IT staff to install virtual private network (VPN) software on your laptop to encrypt your data. You can also avoid the risks associated with public Wi-Fi by setting up a mobile hot spot using your own phone, then connecting your laptop or other device.
Keeping Financial Data Secure
At Sun National Bank, we work hard to keep your data safe. We use sophisticated technology and cybersecurity best practices to maintain the highest level of security for all accounts and transactions. To learn how we protect your personal and financial information, plus ways to prevent and respond to data theft, visit our Security Center.