No Vacation for Cybersecurity

January 14, 2019

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.


  1. 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.
  2. Backup your devices before you go. You’ll be glad you did if they should be lost or damaged while traveling.
  3. And one more tip before you go, change your device passwords, and then change them again when you return.
  4. Don’t auto connect. That just makes it easy for hackers. Disable Bluetooth and any other auto connect features.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.