June 25, 2019
It's easy to let your guard down when you're away from home and do things that put your personal information at risk, like using free public Wi-Fi at the airport, hotel or coffee shop.
If you use public Wi-Fi, you need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), said Caleb Barlow, vice president of X-Force Threat Intelligence at IBM Security.
VPN software encrypts anything leaving your laptop, tablet or mobile phone. So, if a crook is sniffing out what's going over that public Wi-Fi, all they get from your device is encrypted data.
"They're easy to install and easy to use," Barlow noted.
Some VPN software is free. The top-rated products cost about $30 a year.
One more tip: Barlow says if you're on vacation, don't bring your business laptop with you, take a spare one that's not loaded with sensitive corporate data.
"And if you need to access your corporate data or email, do it through the cloud," he said.