Information Security at the University of Hawai‘i

Security Tips for Traveling

When on the go or traveling, you can stay connected using your mobile devices to be productive even while on vacation. Just remember, your smartphone and laptop store a lot of personal and work related data. While traveling, make sure you're extra cautious with your devices!

Here are some tips you can use to protect your online information, privacy, and identity.

  • If you don't need your mobile device, don't take it: Losing a device while traveling abroad could put your personal data at risk. Encrypt any confidential data on any devices you do bring along.
  • Update your operating systems: Make sure all of your devices are up to date with the latest software updates.
  • Avoid using public computers: The computers available in hotel lobbies, or cafes may be infected with malware. When using a computer other than your own, don't log into your e-mail or other sensitive accounts.
  • Be cautious of public Wi-Fi: Unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots can potentially track what you're doing on your mobile devices if you connect to them.

Resources

US-CERT Vulnerability Alerts

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) provides the latest updates about current threats and vulnerabilities. You can subscribe to their feed to get the latest updates about ongoing vulnerabilities and other cyber threats.

Visit https://www.us-cert.gov/ to learn more.


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