Today our Guest Blogger gives the FundMyTravel community some tips and tricks on how to keep our data and technology safe from hacker while traveling abroad.
Travel to most countries has never been easier, leading a number of people both young and old to follow their dream and become world travelers. It is an exciting and educational life, and many people wouldn’t trade those times for anything.
Technology and digital media has played a big part in this, allowing people to constantly stay in communication with each other and acting as a tool to get around easier. Despite the situation 10 years ago, few people today can imagine traveling without a smartphone and/or laptop with all of their helpful applications. These devices contain the lives and memories of travelers on them, and that is why they might be valuable to criminals.
Here are five tips that might help you keep your data and technology safe while you travel:
Use a Virtual Private Network
Unprotected public networks are probably your number one direct threat while acting as a digital nomad. On them, people can listen in using a simple piece of equipment and intercept whatever information you send (or request) over the network. This includes financial data, personal information, and usernames and passwords for your online accounts.
To protect yourself, you need to use a Virtual Private Network. This service allows your smartphone or laptop to connect to an offsite secure server via an encrypted connection, so you can surf the internet anonymously and safely. You can even connect to servers in different countries to use services normally blocked by regional restrictions (such as Netflix). Once you read some reviews and make the right choice, you will be a whole lot safer wherever you travel.