IT Security During those Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer Travel

In the past few years, the lines between work time and play time have blurred. Whether it’s attending conferences, collaborating with colleagues in different locations, or working from a far way island retreat, the need to stay connected is essential. However, amidst the hustle and bustle of any trip, it’s crucial not to overlook the importance of IT security. Focus Data Solutions manages many of these tasks for our clients.  If you’re uncertain, please do reach out and we’ll confirm you’re ready to hit the road!


Here are some essential tips to ensure a secure and productive travel experience:


  1. Update Devices and Software: Before hitting the road, ensure that all your devices, including laptops, smartphones, and tablets, are updated with the latest security patches and software updates. These updates often contain critical fixes for known vulnerabilities, minimizing the risk of cyber-attacks.
  2. Use Secure Connections: When accessing the internet on business trips, prioritize secure connections over public Wi-Fi networks. Utilize virtual private networks (VPNs) to encrypt your internet traffic, ensuring that sensitive data remains protected from prying eyes, especially when accessing corporate networks or confidential information.
  3. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication: Strengthen the security of your accounts and devices by enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA). This adds an extra layer of protection beyond passwords, requiring additional verification steps such as a code sent to your smartphone or a biometric scan.
  4. Be Wary of Public Charging Stations: While convenient, public charging stations can pose security risks, such as juice jacking, where hackers compromise charging ports to install malware on connected devices. Whenever possible, use your own charger or invest in portable power banks to avoid potential threats.
  5. Secure Physical Devices: Keep a close eye on your physical devices, such as laptops and smartphones, especially in public spaces like airports and hotels. Never leave your devices unattended and consider using security cables or locks to deter theft.
  6. Encrypt Sensitive Data: Prior to travel, encrypt any sensitive data stored on your devices or removable storage media. Encryption scrambles data into unreadable formats, making it inaccessible to unauthorized users, even if your device is lost or stolen.
  7. Practice Vigilance Against Social Engineering: Remain vigilant against social engineering tactics, such as phishing emails or phone calls impersonating colleagues or service providers. Cybercriminals often target travelers, taking advantage of the hectic nature of trips to deceive individuals into disclosing sensitive information or clicking on malicious links.
  8. Backup Important Data: Before departing for your trip, backup critical files and documents to a secure cloud storage service or an encrypted external hard drive. Your managed services provider will assist with routine, scheduled backups of your server. In the event of device loss or failure, having backups ensures that your data remains accessible and protected.


By following these IT security best practices, you can navigate travel with confidence, knowing that you’ve taken proactive measures to safeguard your digital assets and sensitive information. Remember, prioritizing security is essential, ensuring that your focus remains on your business objectives or vacation fun!