Keeping the Phone Safe While Travelling

August 29, 2017

Keeping the Phone Safe While Travelling

To you, the phone may be a vital tool of communication. In the wrong hands, however, the same phone is something more; it is a source of information about you.

When we travel, we have that tendency to carry both personal and business information with us on the phone for convenience. And criminals are aware of this, making our phone safety from hackers a big concern.

So it’s important to find ways to keep your phone information safe even in the off chance that the device falls into the wrong hands. Here are a few ways to ensure phone safety on the road.

Employ biometric protection and strong passwords

Use of fingerprints to unlock your phone offers heightened phone safety on the road. It will be difficult for anyone just to pick your phone and get hold of information in it.

Strong passwords offering a combination of numbers, letters and sometimes special characters provide better phone safety from hackers.

When you use the internet on the road, hackers may try to get hold of your login credentials.

While weak passwords like 12345 or your birthday will be easier for them to figure out, a longer passcode with a combination of characters can be extremely difficult to break. The longer the passcode, the better your phone safety from hackers.

Back up your data

Today you can schedule data updates to happen automatically. However, when traveling, you should ensure you back everything up (preferably in the cloud).

Use services like Google Drive and Dropbox to ensure you have all your data everywhere you go. In case your phone is compromised, or you lose it, you can remotely erase the phone data and use the backup.  

Update your software as soon as it’s available

You’ll often see software update banners on your screen alerting you when an update is available. These updates commonly contain security fixes for issues found in the old version of the operating system. So download and install them to keep your security up-to-date.

Avoid unencrypted public Wi-Fi

Public wireless networks that do not require any passwords to join can be accessed by anyone including the bad guys. To keep them from intercepting sensitive information, it’s best to avoid exposing any sensitive information over any public Wi-Fi to keep your data from falling into wrong hands.