How to spend a cybersecurity vacation?

How to spend a cybersecurity vacation?

Before going on vacation, check what data you have on your phone, laptop or tablet and make sure that you want to take them with you on a trip - advises the Department of Digital Policy Promotion of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. It also reminds you not to use unsecured networks and update your anti-virus programs.

As part of the educational and information campaign, Digitization, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister prepared a number of advice on how to spend a "cyber-secure" vacation. She recommends that you check what information and files you have on your phone, laptop or tablet that you are going to take before leaving. It advises you to delete or transfer any data you won't need when you leave. Thanks to this, in the event of e.g. theft, data loss will be less painful.

"It is also a good idea to use applications that allow you to track where your device is currently located, and even wipe it from data in case of loss or theft. Many mobile devices have such a function built-in. Just turn it on" - indicated in the release.

It was reminded that on a daily basis and on vacation, you should pay attention to the networks you connect to. "Networks at home or at work are usually well secured. However, when traveling, any network we connect to should be treated as potentially dangerous. We do not know who is connected to it or whether it has any hostile intentions. Therefore, when we have to deal with it. use it, because we have no other option, do not log on to important websites such as online banking, e-mail or social media "- underlined.

If we want to use the Internet, let's take care of the protection of our connection, e.g. using a proven VPN solution. Thanks to it, data sent over the network will be encrypted. In securing access to the Internet for several devices at the same time, we can also use our own cellular modem. It is worth spending a moment to configure it securely (at least changing the default administrator ID and password, which is very often in the form of Id: admin, password: admin) - recommended.

Before you set off on a trip, it is also worth checking the roaming rates with your operator, especially those regarding data transmission. "They can be quite high. So if you don't want your phone bill to cost you as much as leaving - turn off data when you don't need it," it says.

It is also worth checking what type of electric socket is used in the country you are going to and, if necessary, obtain the appropriate adapter in advance.

Digitization The Chancellery of the Prime Minister also advises you to update your devices, applications and antivirus program, as well as security in your phones, tablets or laptops, e.g. firewall, a day or two before the trip.

"Make sure not to install applications from untrusted sources on your device. Protect the equipment with strong passwords (this - in case of its loss - will significantly impede the access of unauthorized persons to the data stored there). Encrypt devices (this also prevents unauthorized access Make a full backup of your data - preferably in the cloud (if you do this, even if something happens to your devices, your data will remain safe and recoverable) "- it was calculated.

If, before departure, we installed applications that we only used during the trip and we do not plan to use them in Poland, uninstall them.

The project "Educational and information campaigns for the dissemination of benefits from the use of digital technologies" is carried out in cooperation with the National Research Institute NASK. The campaigns are aimed at promoting the use of technology in everyday life by people of all ages, breaking the related barriers and increasing the digital competences of the society. The project covers four areas: quality of life, public e-services, network security and programming (PAP).

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