Cybersecurity on the go: make it a habit

Sep 7, 2010 3:48pm


By Michael Kaiser, NCSA Executive Director

More travelers are using smartphones and are increasing their use of travel-related applications, according to data from the Ypartnership/Harrison Group . The survey found 20% of travelers have downloaded a travel-related application and are using the apps for things such as bookings flights or hotels.

While traveling, you should never take a vacation from practicing cyber safety and security. If you making travel arrangements via your mobile phone, be careful about the information you are inputting into the application. For instance, will you be storing your login information, credit card number, billing address? If so, does your smartphone have a password on it?

Also, with more people using smartphones and traveling, people may be connecting to different networks, including unsecure Wi-fi, to access the Internet. This opens people up to more vulnerabilities and security risks. Remember to take the proper precautions in order to avoid further risks.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re on the go:

  1. Avoid, unless absolutely needed, connecting to an unsecured wireless network.
  2. Before downloading an “app” and giving it information about yourself, read its privacy policies and make sure you are comfortable with how your information will be used.
  3. Always be mindful and cautious with the information the “app” stores, such as log-in credentials, personal and financial information.
  4. In case you lose your cell phone, make a record of your Electronic Serial Number (ESN) and/or your International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. You can find out your IMEI number by pressing *#06# on your mobile phone's keypad, it will display a 15 digit number - that is your IMEI number.
  5. If your phone is lost or stolen, report it to your local police station and your network operator immediately.

SSO (stay safe online),

Michael