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Mobile security tips for holiday makers

BitDefender UK : 29 June, 2016  (Technical Article)
BitDefender is providing the UK travelling public with some advice on how to avoid problems with mobile computing devices whilst abroad
Mobile security tips for holiday makers

Summer is now officially underway, meaning Britons will be packing their suitcases and jetting off around the world. With more UK residents making trips abroad than ever before, Bogdan Botezatu, Senior E-Threat Analyst at Bitdefender, offers his top tips to help keep your smart devices safe during your travels:

According to the Office for National Statistics, UK residents made 14.5 million visits abroad in the three months prior to April 2016, a 9 per cent increase compared with the same period in 2015. With this trend showing no sign of slowing down, here are Bitdefender’s top tips to keep your mobile devices secure on your travels.

Make backups of all your data - Backing up your phone, tablet and PC is a daily process for some of us. With the offer of free Wi-Fi hotspots abroad, which could be prone to malware distribution, making backups of your files before your travels is important for the safety of your data.

Update your devices - Many users ignore software updates due to time constraints or storage space, however, OS system updates often contain important security updates that close small gaps in security flaws and also update applications to the latest versions.

Password protect and encrypt your devices - If someone steals or finds your smartphone, tablet or laptop, it is reassuring to be able to block that person from accessing your photos, messages and contacts. Lock your mobile device screen with a PIN, strong password or pattern.

Avoid online banking and online shopping - You should generally never use online banking or undertake online shopping when using public Wi-Fi, but if it is absolutely necessary, you should use a dedicated payment solution. Also check that the page starts with https:// in front of the address.

Beware of fake networks - Ask a hotel or restaurant staff member the exact name of the network, so you can avoid jumping on a false network that has a similar name, where there may be a hacker that has duplicated the network.

Only download known apps - If you need to download apps to help you find hotels, restaurants and museums, be sure to install them from reliable and reputable sources.

Avoid revealing your location - Checking-in at restaurants, hotels or landmarks may be fun, but it’s not privacy-friendly. Mobile device users should disable GPS technology before taking photos with smartphones if they later plan to post these online.

Install anti-virus - Ensuring your smart device has a mobile security solution installed will protect you from loss and theft, as well as cyber criminals. Anti-malware, anti-spyware and anti-spam are also useful tools to avoid fake apps, viruses and Trojans.

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