Traveling is one way that many of us are attempting to feel less isolated and alone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, a certain level of caution must be exercised regarding the technology we use while we travel. Here are some ways to protect your technology and stay in check while traveling this holiday season.
Be Cautious of Your Internet Connections
A secure Internet connection is hard to come by while traveling, so you need to make sure that you are being especially cautious in places where large groups of people gather, like airports and hotels. You can never be too sure of what’s lurking on wireless networks, especially in places like the above that are not necessarily secure the way your on-premises network might be. It would be best always to use a Virtual Private Network or VPN when working remotely or outside the office.
However, it’s important to note that there is a big difference between consumer-based VPN solutions and commercial ones. Consumer-based VPNs like NordVPN, TunnelBear, and ExpressVPN might be effective for traveling, but they are not commercial solutions. They encrypt data sent over Wi-Fi but remember that you get what you pay for. If you want to secure your business’ connections, then you should be prepared to work with high-quality products like the ones WheelHouse IT recommends.
Enable Multi-Factor Authentication and Location Services on Mobile Devices
If you have ever lost a device, you know how stressful it can be. It’s even worse if you have lost it while traveling and not in the comfort of your own home. It would help if you took extra precautions in these situations to make sure that your data is protected, like enabling multi-factor authentication and location services whenever possible. This will help you protect your data and potentially even track down your device should you lose it.
Implement Mobile Device Policies
If you cannot find your device, you must have the capability to wipe all data from it as a precaution. Having device policies in place for each user on your network that might use a mobile device is a crucial step to protect your technology.
Along with this, you also want to keep in mind that doing so means that any data stored on the device will be gone for good. Therefore, this mustn’t be the only place this data is stored. All of this data should be stored on your business’ central network storage. Then, backed up regularly to prevent data loss.