1. Avoid announcing your departure on vacation on social networks
Social networks are so integrated into the daily lives of users that they have become a tool for sharing all types of information, including vacations and even destinations. A public announcement can increase phishing attempts through emails referencing an Airbnb reservation or your vacation spot. These fraudulent emails can thus give access to your personal data to malicious individuals. For even more precaution for the security of your mailbox, you can also opt and set up an anti-spam tool.
2. Protect yourself from fraudulent online payments
Another point of vigilance: your online payments. If you need to make multiple payments related to scheduled activities and other holiday programs, please ensure that you have enabled payment verification through your bank’s app. More and more banks are opting for digital verification to authenticate a purchase, via their smartphone application.
3. Use a VPN
Using public Wi-Fi should not be taken lightly. This type of connection is risky and may allow individuals to access your personal data. To do this, first be sure to disable automatic connection to open Wi-Fi networks, if you haven’t already. The other best practice is to set up a VPN. Virtual private networking tools allow you to access a private and secure connection even if you are using public Wi-Fi. Most VPN tool offers to adapt to all your media (computer, tablet, and smartphone).
4. Reset passwords
Before you go on vacation, it may be a good idea to review important passwords and change them. Target in particular the password of your mailbox, or even those of your various social networks, and do not hesitate to set up double authentication when it is proposed. According to NordPass recommendations from its study on the worst passwords, choose the most complex ones and avoid reusing old passwords. It is also advisable to change your password every 90 days for better security of your online accounts.
Also note that it is not recommended to save your passwords on your web browser, which is often not very secure against hackers. Instead, opt for a password manager to store this information securely, but also for their particularly useful complex password generator feature.
5. Update apps and software
The purpose of software or application updates is to rectify bugs, but also to protect against potential or proven security vulnerabilities. This is why it is advisable to monitor that your software (especially your anti-virus) and mobile applications are up to date. This is a simple but effective vigilance reflex.
6. Make a backup of all your data
With regard to your personal and sensitive data, be sure to make one or more backups in the event of loss or theft of your computer equipment during your vacation. To do this, bet on a backup on an external hard drive left at home and virtual media such as the cloud or drives. This also applies to your smartphone, so you can set up an automatic backup of your photos, videos, or even your WhatsApp conversations for example. These regular backups allow you to find and restore all your data quite easily.
7. Avoid public computers
Like public Wi-Fi, public computers that can be made available in hotels, for example, are to be used in the last emergency. Communicating certain identifiers and banking data on this type of non-secure material can allow malicious individuals to recover them. Prioritize your equipment, properly secured beforehand.