Summer will be here soon! We all like to travel with our mobile devices (smartphones, laptops, or tablets) — whether it’s to the coffee shop around the corner or to a café in Paris. These devices make it easy for us to stay connected while on the go, but they can also store a lot of information — including contacts, photos, videos, location, and other personal and financial data — about ourselves and our friends and family.

Ways to protect yourself and others:

  • Secure your devices. Use strong passwords, PINs, or touch ID on phones, tablets, & laptops.
  • Now you see me, now you don’t. Disable WiFi & Bluetooth when not in use to avoid being tracked.
  • Get savvy about WiFi hotspots, which aren’t secure. Limit sensitive transactions such as banking.
  • Keep mobile devices, software, & apps updated to defend against malware.
  • Resist sharing photos or travel adventures on social media until you return home.

When you return from a trip:

  • Change all passwords you may have used abroad.
  • Run full antivirus scans on your devices.
  • Check your monthly credit card statements for any discrepancies for at least one year after you return.
  • If you downloaded any apps specifically for your trip and no longer need them, be sure to delete those apps and the associated data.
  • Post your photos on social media and enjoy reliving the experience!