Summer is a popular time for business owners and employees to take well-deserved vacations. Even with “out of office” email responders, many still check in on work occasionally. Unfortunately, working outside the office—whether on vacation, at a local coffee shop, or on business trips—can lead to major cybersecurity issues. If you or your employees need to handle urgent emails from the airport or access network documents in a hotel lobby, it's essential to maintain strong cybersecurity practices to avoid exposing your company’s network to hackers.

In this blog post, we’ll cover the necessary cybersecurity best practices to follow before and during any trip to keep your network secure.

Why Cybersecurity Matters While Traveling

Cybersecurity might not top your vacation checklist, but ignoring it can turn your getaway into a nightmare. Cybercriminals know summer is a prime time to attack because people are more likely to let their guard down. Enjoying time away from the office often takes precedence over following cybersecurity best practices, making vacationers easy targets for hackers.

To minimize the risk of a cyberattack while traveling, here are some best practices for anyone on your team who might connect to the Internet while on vacation.

Before You Go:

  • Back Up Your Data: If your device gets lost or damaged, having a backup ensures your data can be restored.
  • Update Your Software: Ensure your operating system, web browsers, and apps are updated to the latest versions to defend against malware.
  • Protect Your Devices: Lock your device with a PIN, passcode, fingerprint, or facial recognition to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Enable "Find My Phone": This feature lets you locate your device if lost and remotely wipe data or disable the device if stolen.

While Traveling:

  • Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN): A VPN encrypts your Internet connection, securing your data on public WiFi networks. Set up a VPN before you leave and use it whenever you go online.
  • Avoid Public WiFi: Public WiFi networks can be hotspots for cybercriminal activity. Avoid unprotected networks whenever possible.
  • Manage Location Services: Turn off location services when not in use to prevent exposure to criminals, and limit location sharing on social media.
  • Enable Multifactor Authentication (MFA): MFA adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring a second verification form, such as a text message code, authenticator code, or fingerprint scan.
  • Disable Auto-Connect Features: Prevent your device from automatically seeking and connecting to available networks to avoid connecting to untrusted networks.

Relax and Stay Secure

These precautions can help keep your devices secure, allowing you to enjoy your vacation without worrying about cyber issues. However, these steps are not fail-proof. For comprehensive security, work with a professional IT team that can monitor your network 24/7, patch vulnerabilities, and alert you to suspicious activities.

Get Peace of Mind

To prepare for your vacation and ensure your business stays secure while you or your employees work remotely, call us at 630-320-3723 or click here to schedule a FREE IT Security Risk Assessment. Our cybersecurity experts will evaluate your current solutions, identify potential vulnerabilities, and help you implement a strategic security plan to keep your company safe.