9 Cybersecurity Tips for Holiday Travel

November 28, 2017 3 min read

cybersecurity tips for holiday travel

Traveling home for the holidays? During this holiday season, over 103 million people will travel to spend the holidays with family and friends. The airports and subway stations will be extremely crowded and hectic. Identity theft, hacking, and tracking are very prevalent during the holiday season especially in crowded areas. It is important to protect your personal and financial data while traveling this season. Here are 9 cyber security tips for traveling this busy holiday season:

1. Update All Passwords

Before heading to the airport, it is a good idea to change all passwords you use on the daily like your online banking password or email. When changing your passwords, make sure you change it to something challenging and a different password then any of your previous passwords with that account. Once you return, you can reset all your passwords.

2. RFID Blocking Wallets and Passport Wallets

RFID Blocking Passport Wallet by Silent Pocket

During the holiday season, RFID skimming is very common in crowded airports and subway stations. RFID skimming is one form of digital theft. RFID skimming takes sensitive information from your credit cards, ID, and passport and duplicates it. The most efficient way to prevent identity theft is to use a RFID blocking wallet. By utilizing Silent Pocket's wallet collection, you instantly safe guard all your information on your credit cards, ID, and passport.

3. Faraday Laptop Sleeve

Faraday Sleeve Laptop

Silent Pocket’s Faraday Laptop Sleeve will instantly enhance your daily privacy, security and valuable data stored on your laptop while traveling. Silent Pocket offers your device the most valuable physical and wireless protection. This Faraday sleeve safeguards your confidential information from hackers and other cyber criminals. The laptop sleeve is a durable case for when you want to be undetectable, untraceable and unhackable. 

4. Avoid Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi is usually an unsecure network where hackers are able to hack into your personal or work sensitive information. If you do decide to use Wi-Fi, it is advised to refrain from online shopping, online banking, and checking your email. These types of activities have sensitive personal and financial information that you do not want in the wrong hands.

5. Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for your phone and laptop

Faraday Dual Cage Collection by Silent Pocket

Many people traveling for the holidays usually take the time to finish up last minute work at the airport or subway stations. It is important to take precautions when connecting to public Wi-Fi. The best way to secure your laptop and phone is to use a VPN while connected to public networks. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network that secures connection between business offices and remote devices, and it encrypts and shares data over a secure connection. 

6. Update Operating Systems

It is very important prior to traveling to update your operating systems on all your devices. On your phone and tablets, make sure to update all your apps especially apps like Uber or Venmo that have sensitive financial data.

7. Disable Bluetooth Connectivity

Bluetooth connectivity can create problems in public places. When your Bluetooth is left on nearby hackers can connect to your phone and hack into it. Keep your Bluetooth disabled as much as you can while traveling.

8. Faraday Dual Cage Collection

Faraday Dual Cage Collection by Silent Pocket

Silent Pocket’s Faraday Dual Cage Collection instantly blocks all Wireless Signal, Cellular, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RFID and NFC for all your devices such as your laptop, tablets, phone, wallet, and keys. This product is perfect for holiday travel especially if you are bringing work documents with you.

9. Faraday Waterproof Backpack

Faraday Waterproof Backpack by Silent Pocket

Silent Pocket’s new Faraday Backpack is the most advanced waterproof, Faraday backpack on the market today! It is a roll down, waterproof backpack that blocks all signals to and from your wireless devices. This backpack offers complete protection for all of your devices including smart keys, credit cards, ID, passport, laptops, tablets, and any other devices. The backpack renders you completely off the grid. The Faraday Backpack blocks RFID chips and GPS tracking and it also protects against identity theft and radiation. This is an all-in-one waterproof backpack that is sleek and perfect for travel.

Holiday traveling can be chaotic and stressful, so alleviate some of that stress by investing in products that protect your confidential personal, work, and financial information! Silent Pocket is a patented Faraday cage product line designed with fashion, utility and durability in mind. Wishing everyone safe travels and happy holidays!

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