Travel Security Tips: Cyber Security While Traveling

33 Responses

  1. Don says:

    Thanks for sharing the tips! Indeed we have to be vigilant when travelling. I had once, 3 unauthorised transactions to my card after a holiday in Italy.

    • Kiyoko says:

      That’s the worst! Especially because getting it resolved can be quite the headache. I hope it all worked out for you in the end!

  2. michele peterson says:

    Very useful information! I do a few of these but not all and have been lucky I guess. I do know that skimming is a huge problem in Guatemala and Mexico so I’ll now be better prepared for my next trip

    • Kiyoko says:

      Glad some of this can help you out! For the longest time, I didn’t follow all of them either. It can be a pain trying to keep up with it all! But then I remind myself that the hassle of following these tips are 10x better than the hassle of dealing with stolen credit cards and compromised accounts!

  3. Emily says:

    What a helpful list of tips! I’m so weary about financial scams while traveling, so this is really helpful.

    • Kiyoko says:

      They’re so easy to fall in to! Especially for the travelers who are unfamiliar with the area! All we can do is do our best to be prepared and aware!

  4. Kate says:

    What a comprehensive and helpful post! I don’t reall think much of this cyber stuff and potential theft whenever I am on the road (actually even if i am at the comfort of my hone) but I guess each of us should always take the extra measure to keep safe. Makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kiyoko says:

      It’s definitely easy to forget! When we travel, we always have to much on our minds that this kind of stuff can easily take the back burner. However, when I think about the headache it would be to have to deal with getting hacked, I find it easier to build it into my routine.

  5. Great post and thanks so much for the professional referrals. I use some already but will be implementing the rest of your strategies.

  6. Sarah says:

    Great tips! Staying digitally safe and secure is so important these days. My husband works in infosec as well and he would agree wholeheartedly to these. Just one tip that may not be possible when traveling in the US… keeping your credit card in your sight at all times. Unfortunately in the US restaurants take your credit card away when they run it. Even though we grew up there, now after traveling so much, it drives us crazy! We hope one day the US will adopt the chip and pin system of the EU!

    • Kiyoko says:

      I am also from the US, and my colleagues at work always point that out. “How in the world am I supposed to keep my credit card in sight!” Honestly, it’s practically impossible, but we do the best we can. If the restaurant has a “front counter” of sorts, I’ll take the bill to the counter instead of letting the waitress take it, but that’s about it.

  7. Julianne says:

    Working in cyber security? Wow, that’s awesome. My brother mentioned not using public wifi the other day, so I’m glad to see that tip on your list. All of your tips are spot on; I agree with #4 — that’s how our credit card info got stolen one time at a restaurant. Lesson learned the hard way. Anyway, GREAT post with important tips that everyone should read. 🙂

    • Kiyoko says:

      Glad you found them useful! Unfortunately most people end up learning the hard way. We often don’t realize it until we have to go through the headache of dealing with it once it happens. Hopefully in time this kind of stuff we just become natural to everybody!

  8. Totally agree- I usually only travel with one or two cards, and paper backups are so important, especially for flight information.

    • Kiyoko says:

      I cannot count how many times have backups – whether paper or digital – has come in handy. It’s just become a normal part of my routine to make copies of EVERYTHING, because I always end up grateful that I did.

  9. Lauren says:

    These are awesome tips. I’m guilty of using public Wi-Fi! I probably should stop that. I do keep copies of my documents – I took a picture of my passport to have a copy on my phone, too!

    • Kiyoko says:

      I think we all fall into the trick of using public Wi-Fi. It’s just so easy, especially if you’re limited on data! Doesn’t mean we have to give it up though. As long as you have a VPN service like the ones I mentioned above, you are good to go!

  10. Jas says:

    These are such awesome and professional tips! Although #6 kinda bummed me out… Gotta free load on that public Wi-Fi for Google Maps!! Hahaa.

    • Kiyoko says:

      I feel you! I have a very small data plan, so free Wi-Fi is always nice. Thankfully though, you can avoid most of the dangers of free Wi-Fi by using a VPN, so you can still take advantage of the free wifi and remain digitally secure!

  11. Interesting tips! It’s definitely important to keep a digital copy of all necessary documents, and to bring several credit or debit cards when traveling. RFID enabled cards seem to be a new trend (in our country at least..), but we’ve deactivated all of them right from the start, because we just don’t feel safe with it.

    • Kiyoko says:

      Really? Where are you from? I’m from the United States, and from what I’ve heard, credit/debit card companies typically only give out RFID enabled cards if you specifically ask for them. It would be interesting if RFID is going to be the standard here in a few years?

  12. Victoria says:

    I had to sign up for financial alerts after I was hacked earlier this year. Now I have double the passcode for everything. Oh, the world we live in…

    • Kiyoko says:

      Getting hacked definitely isn’t fun, especially because once your information is out there, it doesn’t go away. It’s unfortunate that this is stuff we even have to worry about!

  13. Claire says:

    This is a great post, so many travellers just don’t realise the risks they are taking on the road. I learned valuable lessons when I had my passport and laptop stolen last year in South America. Luckily I had hidden an extra credit card elsewhere so still had access to cash, and the photocopies of my passport were very useful at the embassy and later on when I was crossing borders with my emergency passport!

    • Kiyoko says:

      I’ve been lucky enough to never have my credit cards or passport stolen, so most of this I do as a precaution. I can only imagine the craziness you went through! Still, it’s good to know that this kind of preparation can definitely make your life easier if you find yourself in this unfortunate information.

  14. Mags says:

    These are all great tips. I am guilty of being careless when I travel and I’ve certainly paid the price for it. I’ll be implementing some of these in the future.

    • Kiyoko says:

      Even as somebody who does cyber security for a living it can sometimes be hard to keep up with this stuff when I’m traveling. There’s usually just so many other things on my mind! However, I find that if I remind myself why I do it, I find it easier to remember to keep up with it that way I don’t have to deal with the headache that comes from getting hacked!

  15. Drew says:

    Great tips for staying safe. I live in China now, so a VPN is a way of life for me, since I would otherwise not have access to FB or IG. It is an added benefit that it adds an extra layer of digital security though. I love ExpressVPN, and they have been the most reliable and consistent in terms of protection and connectivity.

    • Kiyoko says:

      I’ve never been to China, but I’ve heard a great deal about their internet restrictions. VPNs really are a fantastic thing! It’s comforting to know that there are still things out there than can help keep us safe while surfing the web.

  16. This is truly frightening. I was hacked on a public wifi in the Czech Republic. I want to get a VPN but I don’t even know how.I’ll check out these providers. I need more helpful tips like this. Great article.

  17. Christopher says:

    These are fantastic tips. Its so true the deeper we go into this technology rabbit hole the more security you need. One of the tips you mention I heard of with regards to banking but never thought of setting up a MFA myself. I love that you mention public wifi and VPN…so important…

    • Kiyoko says:

      I definitely think that MFA is something more people should do. I’ve dealt with a lot of compromised/hacked accounts, and a majority of them could have been prevented if the person had just set up MFA. If the websites you are using allow it, I would definitely set it up!

  18. Thanks! for this great post. Hopeing more valueable post of this type.

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