Advice issued by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre emphasises the need for everyone to take action to protect our sensitive data. This is especially important when travelling. Past warnings from the FBI and other security agencies show that networks that one might assume to be safe can be nothing of the kind. In hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, airports, stations, and other public spaces, insecure networks can put our devices at risk of viruses and data loss.
While many data security experts consider hotel connections to be particularly precarious, the reality is that from the perspective of data security, all travel involves some element of risk to data due to the movement outside a secured home or office network and the likely use of public wi-fi networks.
So what can we do to protect ourselves? We’ve prepared this travel checklist comprising practical steps to protect our computers, tablets, phones and personal data before, during and after travel.