This spring break, students and families will step away from school and travel to warmer locales.
Before you jet to your spring break destination, don’t forget to pack your passport, sunscreen, and these mobile safety tips from Stop.Think.Connect.:
Keep a Clean Machine. Ensure all devices that connect to the Internet, including smart phones, tablets, and laptops, have the latest mobile security software, web browsers, and operating systems. This is the best way to defend against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
Protect Your Personal Information.Keep your phone securely locked (with a passcode) and in your possession. Disable geotagging features on your phone and applications so that your movements are not tracked and broadcast. Only give your phone number to people you know, and don’t share your friends’ numbers without their permission.
Connect with Care. While conducting online banking or shopping, look for websites that begin with “https.” These sites have taken extra measures to secure your information. Also, be wary of using public Wi-Fi or Internet hotspots to conduct sensitive online activities, such as banking and shopping.
Be a Good Online Citizen. Think before you upload photos or videos. What you put online can have consequences in the future. Ask your friends’ permission before uploading photos of them as well.
For more cybersecurity tips for those on the go, download the Stop.Think.Connect. Mobile Safety Tip Sheet.This information was published by GovDelivery on behalf of the US Department of Homeland Security in a March 2014 newsletter email.