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As the holidays approach more and more people will be traveling to visit family and friends. We thought that we would provide you with some helpful tips to keep your technology safe and in good working order as you travel.

 

 

USB Charging Stations

We have all seen the USB charging stations popping up everywhere, especially at airports. While these seem to be a much appreciated convenience that rescues our dying devices, it can also be a disastrous trap.

These public USB stations can be compromised by criminals looking to steal your data, or infect your device with malware.  It is best to bring the adaptor and plug your device directly into a power outlet. 

Public WIFI

It seems that now everywhere you go offers free WIFI as a service, but should you really connect? This can be very risky, in that everyone connected to the same WIFI can see all the data going to and from your device. The good news is that if you are using https:// your data is encrypted (the content is encrypted, but sender and receiver are in clear text). 

The best precaution to take while traveling is to us a VPN when connecting your device to public WIFI. There are several VPN’s available and all are relatively easy to use and not to expensive; well worth it to protect your device and data.

 

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