9 Tips to Help Protect Your Devices While Traveling

1. Don't Sacrifice Protection for Style
We carrying around our devices all the time, so we want to be different! Cases have become a version of self-expression and show off our personal style. Though you may have the prettiest, most sparkly case on the block, does it actually protect against those traitorous falls? Will it stand up again the heat of the sun in the Dominican? Or will it actually keep the sand out? Beauty is not everything when on vacation – get yourself a case that will protect against all elements, where ever you’re going.

2. Get a VPN
What is a VPN? 
“A virtual private network extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.”

There are companies out there that offer secured VPNs that help you protect against unsecured WIFI. When you connect to that random European coffee shop’s WIFI, you aren’t totally secure between their internet and the connection to your device. This means, without a VPN, lurking intruders can access that open WIFI and potentially infect your device. Prices vary based on the “quality” and package you pick, but for a cost under $10 a month, it is definitely worth it when travelling abroad.

3. NEVER Use Your Back Pockets
We all do it. Our hands are tied up and we just need to slip our phone into our back pocket for a second. This is the most vulnerable place for pick pocketers. Today, pick pocketers have gotten so slick, you wont even feel it leave your pocket! Keep it in your hand or bag where you always have an eye on it. 

4.Update and/or Enable Passwords
When your device never leaves your side, sometimes we don’t want the hassle of having to enter a password every time we want to look at it. While on vacation, phones have become the number 1 target for stealing. When you enable passwords or update them so they aren’t all the same, thieves will not be able to access all of your personal data (as fast). Access to your banking, personal information, and anything else you don’t want people to have access to should always have a super strong password that isn’t easily hacked. Try a password generator for temporary security while on vacation. Just don’t forget it!

5. Never Leave Your Device Unattended
Common sense, right? Obviously, we would never intentionally leave it on a counter or in a bathroom stall on purpose, but have you ever left your device in your locked hotel room? In your car? Most likely, yes! ALWAYS use the hotel safe or keep it on you. Keeping it in what you think is a "secure" location may not be the most secure after all. When a cleaner walks into your room or you leave your car door unlocked, sneaky fingers have super easy access.

6. Avoid the Beach.
It is so hard to not take those perfect beach selfies, but the heat and sand can be detrimental to your device. If you have a good protective case, sand may not be the issue, but if you’re listening to music while you sun bathe and don’t realize that it’s sitting in direct sunlight, your device can easily over heat.

Water, sand and heat are a scary place for our tech devices. Just leave them in your bag or at home!

7. Don’t Use Public Charging Stations
You may be desperate for a power up but public chargers are not always secure. If someone really wanted to get into it, they could. Also, what cord are they using? Does it have a data transfer ability? Hackers could have instant access to your data just by plugging your phone in! Also more commonly thought, people forget they left it in there! You don’t want to go country hoping & realize you left it back in London!

8. Disable Network Access 

Airplane mode is a great thing. Not only will it save you those nasty roaming charges if you don’t have a plan, but it also disables access to network hackers. Jumping from network to network opens up vulnerability.

9. Lastly, Back Up Before You Go!
Just in case anything happens to your device, sync your photos, documents, and anything you don’t want to lose to a cloud-based server. That way, if the worst does happen, you haven’t lost anything!

Safe Travels!


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