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Cybersecurity While Traveling

Stay Cyber-secure Away from Home


It is best always to be purposeful and aware when using technology while traveling, as the wrong choices can have serious consequences. Staying safe in the digital world while traveling doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. A few simple but important precautions can make all the difference.

  • Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you are not using them.
  • Public Wi-Fi networks are usually heavily monitored by malicious actors and can often contain malware, which can pose serious risks.
  • Wherever possible, protect your accounts by enabling multi-factor authentication. This adds an extra layer of security against potential theft. 
  • Make sure to install and regularly update your antivirus software, as well as your mobile software.
  • When making online purchases or withdrawals at ATMs, be sure to use trusted websites and  cover your PIN while entering it.
  • Backup your important data to another device or cloud service.
  • Keep your device locked, even if you always have it with you.
  • Never open links or attachments from unknown or untrusted sources.
  • Avoid storing passwords in web browsers when you're out and about.
On top of the technical precautions you can take with your devices, there are steps you can take to ensure your physical safety as well.

  • Don't leave your devices or their chargers unattended, as they are attractive targets for theft.
  • Do not accept USB drives or other storage devices from other people, as they could be carrying malicious software.
When it comes to cybersecurity while traveling, the most important thing to remember is that it is much easier to prevent issues than it is to fix them. Taking the right precautions and avoiding risky behavior can help keep you safe while you are away from home. After all, protecting your information in the digital age should be just as high of a priority as protecting your physical safety. For more information about cybersecurity while traveling, visit the CISA website.


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