Travel in the Digital Age

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Heading on a trip this summer? Here's what you need to know about protecting your smartphone and personal data while you're away.

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Travel in the Digital Age

  1. 1. TRAVEL IN THE DIGITAL AGE By Lookout, Inc.
  2. 2. OUR MOBILE PHONES ARE CAPABLE OF A TON, AND THAT’S REVOLUTIONIZED TRAVEL
  3. 3. YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY use all of the great apps out there to get the most of your trip. See ourfavorite travelapps
  4. 4. — but — YOU SHOULD NEVER put your safety or personal data at risk. 
  5. 5.  BEFORE YOU GO
  6. 6. MAKE A CHECKLIST  Did you grab that phone charger? Did you download a few good books for the flight? You’ll be less flustered (i.e. less prone to making careless mistakes) if you get all of your ducks in a row well ahead of time. Use an app like Evernote to make sure everything is accounted for.
  7. 7. STORE IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS # You never know when you’ll need to contact your hotel or airline, so save time and avoid stress by looking up any numbers you may need ahead of time. Storing important contact info in your phone’s address book is as good as having your trip itinerary on speed dial.
  8. 8. TAKE CARE OF YOUR FINANCES $ There’s a good chance that you won’t always have a secure connection while you’re away, so you should’t provide any more sensitive personal information than absolutely necessary. Avoid having to use banking apps or providing your credit card number by scheduling your bill payments and making mobile deposits or purchases before you leave.
  9. 9. CHECK YOUR CARRIER’S ROAMING POLICY  The last thing you want to come home to is a six-figure phone bill, so make sure you’re familiar with your carrier’s policy about using your phone in other countries. Knowing when you’ll need to rely on Wi-Fi vs. your data connection can help you plan how you’ll use your phone on your trip.
  10. 10. SET A STRONG PASSCODE **** Read the blog If somebody other than yourself ends up with your phone, a passcode is the first line of defense for your personal data. To keep your information private, create a strong passcode (read: not 1234 or 0000) for your phone and set your screen to auto-lock within five minutes.
  11. 11. BACK UP EVERYTHING  Hopefully nothing bad will happen to your phone while you’re on your trip (knock on wood), but it’s not a bad idea to save a copy of anything you care about. Use a service like Lookout to make sure your photos and contacts will be safe no matter what your phone goes through.
  12. 12. DOWNLOAD MOBILE SECURITY You’re probably depending on your phone for a lot, so do what you can to make sure nothing bad happens to it. Install the Lookout app as a layer of insurance for phone loss. You’ll be able to locate your lost phone and even lock and wipe it if you want to protect your sensitive data.
  13. 13.  DURING YOUR TRIP
  14. 14. STAY NATIVE  When you go to a new country, you probably don’t know much about the app ecosystem, which could expose you to threats you’re not even aware of. Make sure your device settings reflect your native or regular IP address. The Google Play Store should be available to your device as normal, so keep using the store as it will be subject to Google's usual scrutiny. 
  15. 15. BE CAREFUL ON WI-FI  80 percent of public Wi-Fi networks are open or poorly protected, including those free networks that you detect while sitting in an airport waiting for your flight. As a general rule, avoid unprotected Wi-Fi when traveling and don't use any sensitive sites or apps (whether it's a bank or Facebook) over Wi-Fi — stick to Buzzfeed.
  16. 16. KEEP YOUR EYES ON YOUR DEVICE  From installing malware to taking the device itself, you never know what might happen to your phone when you’re not watching it closely. Never leave your device unattended. It only takes a moment for something bad to happen.
  17. 17. KEEP YOUR LOCATION TO YOURSELF  It can be tempting to brag about all of the adventures you’re finding on your trip, but telling everyone that you’re not at home can make your home an easy target for burglary. After you snap that photo at the Taj Mahal on your phone, be cautious not to geo-tag it for all the world to know your location.
  18. 18.  WHEN YOU GET HOME
  19. 19. BACK UP ALL OF THE PHOTOS YOU TOOK  You know all of those great memories you just made? It would be a such a shame if something, you know, happened to them. Use Lookout again to make sure your vacation pics and new friends’ contact info will last longer than your suntan.
  20. 20. SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA  Now that you’re home safe and sound, there’s no better time to serve your Facebook friends all of the vacay pics they can handle. In addition to skipping the danger of having told everyone that you weren’t home, you’ll get to relive your trip all over again.
  21. 21. KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR BILLS  You religiously checked currency conversion rates and were really careful to abide by your data usage policy, but unexpected charges can still weasel into your bills. Keep an eye on your bank statement and cell phone bill following your trip so you can catch any foul play before it’s too late.
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