It’s time to take off and join approximately one hundred million of your closest friends for a summer vacation. Wherever you may wander this summer, take a few easy steps to secure your digital devices from attacks.
- Before you go, load the latest operating systems. These will have the latest security software available to protect you from the most recent and common threats.
- Backup your devices before you go. You’ll be glad you did if they should be lost or damaged while traveling.
- And one more tip before you go, change your device passwords, and then change them again when you return.
- Don’t auto connect. That just makes it easy for hackers. Disable Bluetooth and any other auto connect features.
- As a member of the GW community, you have access to GW's Virtual Private Network (VPN). Take advantage of it! While off campus, it’s always a good idea to log in to VPN. The VPN provides a secure connection that may not be available when using WiFi in a public location, such as a coffee shop or hotel.
- Physically protect your device. Don’t set your phone on the table at dinner. It can be grabbed in half a second. If you don’t have a safe in the hotel room, take your tablet or laptop with you.
Have a great time on vacation. These steps don’t take much effort, but can save a major headache.