Ten tips for staying safe during summer

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Planning on jetting off somewhere sunny this summer? Got all your gadgets ready to go? Here are our ten top tips for keeping those gadgets safe and secure whilst you enjoy your holiday.


Smartphones, tablets and other such devices have become a staple part of any globetrotter’s arsenal: whether it’s just for entertainment on long flights, translating a sign or menu, or as an impromptu GPS.

No one can deny how useful these gadgets are but they need to be looked after when you’re out and about. Without further ado here is ESET’s list of ten top tips:

  1. Make sure that your laptop and mobile devices run a fully updated operating system, software and a reputable security solution before you go on the road.

  2. Backup your data before you leave your home and store the backup in a safe place. Think about moving sensitive data from your laptop hard drive to an encrypted external storage drive while you are on vacation.

  3. Never leave your devices unattended in public places. With the use of an anti-theft solution you can track your missing laptop or smartphone, in case it gets stolen, and wipe its contents remotely.

  4. Make sure that you have password protection and inactivity timeout engaged on all devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Consider shortening the time span to minimum. Frequent logging in might be annoying, but it’s better than having your sensitive information stolen by intruders.

  5. If possible, only use reputable internet services. Ask at your hotel or the place where you are staying for the name of their Wi-Fi. Then use the exact same name. Beware of scams which will try to look similar by attaching “free wifi”, to the original name.

  6. If the hotel internet asks you to update software in order to connect, immediately disconnect and tell it to the person at the front desk or the owner.

  7. Do not use Wi-Fi connections that are not encrypted with WPA2. Anything with lower standards is simply not safe enough and can be hacked relatively easy. Disconnect from the Wi-Fi if you’re not using the connection.

  8. If you have to use public Wi-Fi to connect to your company network, always use a virtual private network or VPN.

  9. If it’s not necessary, avoid online banking and shopping when you’re using public Wi-Fi. Otherwise, it is safer to use your data plan and create your own hotspot.

  10. If you’re not using an antivirus solution and suspect your laptop has been infected, you can use free ESET Online Scanner which doesn’t require installation and can be used to detect and remove malware on-the-go.

How many of these tips did you find useful?

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