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Waterproof protection against cyber threats: Safer summer vacation

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Isabelle Kuksin

July 1, 2024

The summer vacations are a time for relaxation and recreation. But cyber criminals are particularly active when we are on vacation. To ensure that your digital devices and data are protected during the vacations, you should take a few important measures. Protection against cyber threats should always be a priority.

1. Perform security updates

Before you go on vacation, make sure that all your devices – smartphones, tablets and laptops – are up to date. Update your operating systems and all installed apps. Remember: cyber criminals love outdated software just as much as mosquitoes love open windows! Protection against cyber threats starts with the latest security updates.

2. Use and change strong passwords

Use strong, unique passwords for your online accounts. A secure password should be at least twelve characters long and contain a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. If you have been using the same password for a long time, change it before you leave. And no, “1234” is not a creative solution – unless you want to please the cybercriminals! Strong passwords are an important part of protection against cyber threats.

3. Activate two-factor authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication provides an additional layer of security for your accounts. Even if someone finds out your password, they will need the second factor (for example, an SMS code or an authentication app) to gain access. Enable 2FA for all important accounts, especially email and online banking. It’s like a gatekeeper for your data – no second factor, no entry! This significantly increases your protection against cyber threats.

4. Avoid public WLAN networks

Public WLAN networks are often not secure. Avoid logging into unsecured networks in cafés, airports or hotels. If you rely on public Wi-Fi, use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your Internet connection and protect your data. Remember: public Wi-Fi is like a public toilet – sometimes unavoidable, but better not use it without digital hygiene! Protection against cyber threats requires caution when using public networks.

5. Carry out a data backup

Make backup copies of your important data before your trip. Save your backups on an external hard disk or in the cloud. This ensures that you still have access to your most important files in the event of data loss or a cyberattack. Having a backup is like sunscreen – you only realize how important it is when it’s too late! Regular backups are essential for protection against cyber threats.

6. Store devices safely

Do not leave your devices unattended, especially on public transport or in crowded places. If possible, use a laptop lock and store your devices in a secure compartment. Remember: your laptop is not there to guard your towel on the beach! The physical protection of your devices is another aspect of protection against cyber threats.

7. Beware of phishing attacks

Be vigilant about emails or messages you receive during your vacation. Phishing attacks are designed to trick you into revealing personal information or clicking on malicious links. Do not open any attachments and do not click on links from unknown senders. Email vigilance is crucial for protection against cyber threats.

8. Limit social media use

Don’t share too much information on social media during your vacation. Cybercriminals could use your posts to find out that your home is unguarded. It is better to post your vacation photos and reports when you are back. Your beach selfie can wait – after all, you don’t want burglars to see your absence as an invitation! Less social media is often more when it comes to protecting against cyber threats.

Your digital security should also be a top priority during the summer vacation. By following these simple tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of cyber threats and enjoy your vacation worry-free. Remember: cyber security starts with you. Protection against cyber threats is the be-all and end-all.

Stay alert, keep your sense of humor and enjoy your well-deserved vacations! Read the practical tips from the BACS.

Take out your cyber insurance with Cyberion before you go on vacation.

Isabelle Kuksin is the COO of Cyberion

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