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5 Ways to Protect Company Data During Holiday Travels

People around the world wait for the whole year to travel to their desired places on vacation. But it is advent from the reports that data theft is very popular during traveling. There are high chances that your data is at risk. As you travel for vacations, you take all your devices including cell phones, laptops, etc with you. It will increase the public access of your gadgets and public connection like public wifi can prove as a threat to your data.

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Charging on the Airport:

Many of us charge our phones before taking the flight. The airport provides travelers with one or two charging slots and USB wires to charge their phones. Using a USB is very convenient but at the same time is very risky. The hacker can use the USB cables s a source of performing data theft. Hackers use Data cables to transfer your data without letting you know. The technique is known as juice jacking. In this technique, the ports are also used to install the malware in your device. So try not to use airport cables. Even avoid using a cable of any unknown passenger because it can also be a source of data theft. Prefer using your own cables wherever you go.

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Avoid using public wifi:

While you are traveling, there will come a lot of situations where you will have no choice, then using public wifi. However, they are the most common source of stealing data and installing malware to devices. The hacker can use public wifi in following ways to steal your company data from your device:

• The hacker can use the men in the middle technique.
• The hacker can distribute malware using the public wifi network.
• The hacker can make you join the criminal network by misleading you.

You can keep your data safe while using public wifi by using the following
:
• VPN: stands for virtual private networks, that encrypt and scramble data to keep it safe from hackers.
• Personal wifi hotspot: Are small devices that can be used anywhere, anytime. Provide you with a fast and private connection.

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Location assistance:

Technology especially smartphones has changed the way we travel. Using smartphones we can now trace our routes and can have real-time updates. But we are paying a heavy amount for this advancement. Unknowingly we are providing hackers and bad persons the information about our location. People gather data about locations and afterward sell it to potential customers. It's but obvious that you will never want to sell your company's location information to anyone. The data can help people with bad intentions figure out the vulnerability in your gadgets and the time your company is empty. The best way to avoid this is by minimizing the use of location service. Only on your location when you need it and disable them as soon as you are done.

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Useful apps:

Most people go on traveling without there cars and are unaware of the public transports routes and trimming. In this case ride-sharing apps like Uber, Lyft can be a great use. You can easily book them and go wherever you want. But in the past experiences, your data is not safe. Previously in 2017 users data including users' names, addresses, and numbers were leaked. So before using an app, you should check it's privacy statement. If you pay for the ride from the car then delete the info man from your app.

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Provide the least information:

While traveling, the hotels and airports allow you to check out and pay bills using your card. For example, you are in Dubai and wanna go for a morning desert safari tour then you can book your ride using your business credit card easily or you want to book your tour with a travel company. In both scenarios, you will provide them with information. With this ease comes the major issue of data theft. Your personal information like your address, your card pins, and passport numbers can be accessed easily by the travel company. So the reasonable way to avoid data theft is to delete the information from your account after booking a trip.