Traveling Safer and Smarter in the Age of Technology
Understanding what you need to do to keep you and your information safe in today’s technology driven world…
Keeping your information safe seems to be something that has to be on your mind. Your day to day activities seem to always have some form of technology included with them. One of the worst things that can happen in the age of cell-phone addiction that we live in is being out of town and losing your phone, tablet or laptop. If your luck is like most people’s, it will probably happen about four hours before you are supposed to board the plane to come home. These little devices have so much of our personal information on them. It can be a scary experience when something this valuable is misplaced or taken. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your electronics are properly secured and backed up. Some common-sense security tips can reduce the sting when (usually not if) it happens to you.
Having a strong password is key for safety
Before you leave, make sure you have a full back up of the pertinent data on your phone, tablet or PC. You can back up this to a local server, external hard drive or in the cloud. Everyone’s device typically has a passcode today. If yours doesn’t, you should consider setting one. Be sure to have a strong passcode with letter, number and symbol. There are many password management software you can use to keep track of your passwords like LastPass or others like it.
Encrypting your devices can help save you in the long run
The most common place that phones, tablets and laptops are lost is at the airport. Many laptop cases look identical, and it’s very common that person A accidentally grabs person B’s laptop. Other times things simply have a way of disappearing. In an event such as this, laptop encryption software can come in handy. This simply encrypts the data on the device so that it becomes useless when in the wrong hands. This is not a hard process with modern operating systems, and it’s not invasive to you typically. Encrypting a device requires you to enter a password immediately when booting the computer. When something is encrypted you cannot access it until the password is entered. If the password is forgotten or misplaced the device can’t be accessed again.
An ounce of prevention and forethought will ease the pain if this ever happens to you. Find out how we can help you stay secured and keep your information safe in today’s technology driven world.
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