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Don’t Let Your Vacation Be Stolen

The latest trend in cyber threats? Hackers are out to steal your trips.

Along with the fast moving cyber attacks we see every day on businesses, your personal data is at risk. USA Today put together a complete and concise look at how to protect yourself you can read by clicking here. Take a look at a few of our favorite tips:

Back up, update and encrypt. “Before you leave, make sure you back up all devices and data,” says Joseph Carson, chief security scientist at Thycotic, a Washington D.C., security services provider. “Double-check that all security updates are applied, and finally, check your security settings to ensure your sensitive data is encrypted.”

Beware of new mobile apps before you leave. Before you go, you might be tempted to install a museum app, a language translation app or a local news app. But it may also be malicious and compromise your data, according to Chris Bogen, a Tulane University professor in its School of Professional Advancement Cybersecurity Management Program. “The risk here is no different than when you install apps on your phone at other times,” he adds.

Mind the Hotel: “When you leave your laptop out of your sight in a hotel bedroom, someone can take advantage of that and either copy your laptop hard drive or infect it with malware for further exfiltration of information,” says Fausto Oliveira, a principal security architect at Acceptto, a Portland, Oregon-based provider of authentication services. The workaround? Encrypt your disk or never let your PC out of your sight.

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