Most internet users are getting good at taking care of online security while at home. They use anti virus protection, back up their computers and gadgets and take care to avoid websites that aren’t secure. The problem is many people now go on holiday and simply assume that their internet security prevention techniques will follow them. Sadly, this isn’t the case, and many holiday makers return from their adventures to find they have become victims of fraud or that their hard drives have been subject to attacks. So how can you avoid this happening to you?

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Prevention is better than the cure

Give your bank a call or pop in to your local branch and ask about the protection provided against theft and fraud on all the bank cards you plan on using. Tell them of your plans and where you’re heading along with all the stops along the way so they’re aware of any purchases made in different locations that might be made during that time period.

Update your anti virus software

If you’re taking your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or any other gadgets that allow you to connect online, you’ll need to update your antivirus software before you leave. Anti virus software frequently updates as the criminals are always trying new ways to cause problems and break through Internet security systems. It’s also a sensible idea to perform a complete scan of all your devices to ensure you’re not currently infected with any bugs before you leave.
Many users know to install suitable software on their PC’s and laptops but neglect to do the same for their mobile gadgets. This is a mistake as your information and data is still at risk. Ensure you visit your application market place and download a trusted app and install it fully on your devices.

Change your passwords to something stronger

Do you have the name of your pets and birth year as your password? The chances are you’re using something similar and these passwords aren’t secure. It’s not that hard to discover bits of information about you, your family members and animals, especially if you use social networks. Hackers will crack your password and then you’re in a vulnerable position. Change your passwords to something a lot less obvious, use a combination of letters and numbers and upper and lower case. All of your accounts should also have unique passwords for extra protection. Yes, it’s a lot harder for you to remember, but it’s worth it.

Don’t use public computers

If at all possible try to avoid using any public computers while on holiday. Believe it or not, there are scammers that hang out in cafes and public places looking to hack tourists computers! If you have no other choice you should avoid using them for any financial or personal transactions and don’t put in your bank details. Taking your own laptop or gadget is far safer and reliable, just remember to get them fully insured for your travels.
Follow the internet security tips above if you’d like to protect yourself from fraud and computer viruses while on holiday. Just remember to change any passwords that may have been compromised when you return home.

Do you have any other tips for how to not get hacked while traveling?