We use more and more mobile internet and wireless hotspots. It is convenient, however, poses some security risks. If we can spend more time security internet on our own home, it is much more difficult to make sure your connection will not be eavesdropped. There are some simple tips on how to browse more securely:
1. Always use secured connection for logging in. You should never use HTTP connection for reading mail, as it is unencrypted. Even better, use other ways to authenticate on websites when possible.
2. Use own device for banking – on-the-go only. It is impossible to guarantee that the device has no spyware if you do not own it. Anti-Malware scans will not help against hardware based spyware like various dongles.
3. Keep important documents encrypted. In many cases, I recommend using TrueCrypt volumes. Any device might be stolen, including your laptop. Even if it never happens, it is better be prepared for such case. If you plan to travel for longer, keep the documents you really need on your traveling device only. This would reduce data leakage risk even further.
4. Fully turn down device each time you won’t use it for a longer time. You should not use hibernation or sleep function for laptops while traveling, as it might allow hackers to access the data even if you use screen locks.
5. Keep a backup of all documents. It is not so important which backup software and how you backup, but it is important to have copies of the documents in case your laptop or phone would be lost.
6. Keep up to date internet security programs (Antivirus, antimalware and firewall). To some extent, this is required for mobile devices too. More and more malware target other devices than windows ones and your will be exposed to them while traveling.
Any other tips? Feel free to add them in the comments.