A Guide to Secure Remote Work While Traveling

BIS Blog Image A Guide to Secure Remote Work While Traveling

Summer is here, and many of us are excited about the opportunity to travel, unwind, and enjoy some much-needed relaxation. However, for those who can’t entirely disconnect from work, balancing the demands of your job with the desire to make the most of your vacation can be tricky. Working remotely during your summer vacation can offer the best of both worlds, but it’s essential to stay mindful of cybersecurity to ensure your personal and professional data remains safe. Here are some key tips to keep your information secure while working remotely on vacation.

Remote working and public wi-fi Avoid Public Wi-Fi

One of the biggest cybersecurity risks when traveling is connecting to public Wi-Fi networks. These networks, often found in cafes, airports, and hotels, can be hotbeds for cybercriminal activity. Hackers can easily intercept the data transmitted over these networks, gaining access to sensitive information such as emails, passwords, and financial details.

Solution: Invest in a reliable virtual private network (VPN). A VPN encrypts your internet connection, making it much harder for cybercriminals to intercept your data. Always use a VPN when connecting to the internet on the go.

Secure Your Devices

Traveling can increase the risk of your devices being lost or stolen. Ensuring that your devices are secure can help protect your data even if your phone, tablet, or laptop falls into the wrong hands.

Solution: Use strong passwords and enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all your devices. Encrypt your devices so that if they are lost or stolen, your data cannot be easily accessed. Additionally, consider using a device tracking service to locate and remotely wipe your device if necessary.

Update Your Software

Keeping your software up to date is a crucial step in maintaining your cybersecurity posture. Software updates often include patches for security vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit.

Solution: Before you leave for your trip, ensure all your devices and applications are updated with the latest security patches. Turn on automatic updates where possible, so you don’t have to worry about missing a critical update while you’re away.

Be Mindful of Phishing Scams

Remote working phishing scams Cybercriminals often use travel-related scams to trick people into revealing personal information. These scams can come in the form of emails or messages that appear to be from legitimate sources, such as airlines or hotel chains.

Solution: Be vigilant about any unexpected emails or messages you receive while traveling. Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown or suspicious sources. If an email or message claims to be from a company you are doing business with, verify the authenticity by contacting the company directly through their official website or customer service number.

Use Secure Connections

When accessing sensitive information, such as your company’s intranet or cloud services, make sure you’re using secure connections.

Solution: Always connect to your company’s network using a secure VPN. Ensure that any websites you visit are encrypted, which can be verified by checking for “https” in the URL.

Let’s Talk About Cybersecurity Before Your Trip!

Enjoying your summer vacation doesn’t mean you have to compromise on cybersecurity. By taking these simple precautions, you can work remotely with peace of mind, knowing that your personal and professional data is protected. Book a time below to meet prior to your trip to make sure you’re secure.


Phillip Long, CEO of BIS - Managed IT Services Provider

Phillip Long – CISSP, CEO of , along with his team of marketing and information technology experts, will walk you through an overview of what your business should be doing to protect your data and plan your digital marketing strategies.

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