The omnipresent online world has made it easier than ever before to up sticks and start a life as a digital nomad, but this flexibility and connectivity come with a unique price tag.
The cost of failing to stay safe online can be disastrous, whether you are indeed a digital nomad, or simply want a change of scenery and fancy working from a brand-new location.
To make sure that your travels are not affected by cybercrime and that you can traverse the digital world (and the physical one) with ease and peace of mind, here are some top tips to consider.
Only Use Secure Networks
Unsecured networks can provide a home for all sorts of danger, which is bad news for anyone trying to access a business network while they travel.
If you or your remote employees are not using authentication services to access your sensitive information you could be setting yourself up as the victim of online fraud.
Learning how to prevent fraud risk is essential in business and in your personal life, so don’t hesitate to put a few extra measures in place on your travels.
Use a VPN
VPNs essentially mask your online location, as well as offer you a few other convenient benefits.
This might be crucial for anyone wishing to cover their tracks and keep themselves safe from cybercriminals during their adventures.
If you need to access websites that may be banned in your target destination, a VPN can also help you get around this.
It can be easy to forget about something as simple as a quick phone update as you get lost in the excitement of traveling, but if you plan to use your devices, these updates are of the utmost importance.
They can ensure that your devices are able to keep up with the latest forms of cybercrime and defend you against them to the best of their ability.
Outdated software can not only leave your devices vulnerable to security breaches, but after a time, they will likely stop working altogether.
This is hardly ideal if you plan on taking your work with you abroad. It is also worth remembering that even if you have automatic updates enabled, a lack of consistent access to WI FI might impede your device download ability, so make sure to manually check for updates every now and then.
• Tip – You might find that your phone automatically connects to the nearest WI FI network, which could leave you unsecured. This is a feature that you can turn off if needs be.
Track Your Devices
Losing a device is infuriating at the best of times, but when you need to rely on it while traveling, it can be a seriously stress-inducing situation.
By tracking your devices, you can keep tabs on your equipment at all times, so should it get lost or stolen, you know how to find it.
• Tip – Back up your files! Losing your files as you travel can put you in a compromising position, but if you made copies, you can at least rest a little easier.
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