Use Common Sense
As obvious as this may sound, never take your eyes off your belongings or allow a stranger to watch them for you. Electronics are popular targets for thieves. Our computers and mobile devices contain massive amounts of highly sensitive information that, if lost or stolen, could lead to data breaches or identity theft. Additionally, use strong passcodes to protect your device.
Use Caution with Public WiFi
If possible, be cautious when using public WiFi. But if you must, make sure you use a secure WiFi connection. This helps prevent cybercriminals from intercepting your internet traffic and stealing data. It is still best to avoid accessing confidential data until you are on a secure, private network.
Don’t Trust USBs
When you need to charge your devices, only use the power supplies you own. Public USB charging stations can be compromised and used to infect devices with malware. You should also never plug in a USB charging cable or flash drive that doesn’t belong to you.
Privacy Takes Precedence Over Productivity
It’s best to wait until you have privacy before accessing or discussing anything that could be deemed confidential. Should you need to work in a public space, use discretion. Make sure no one can peek over your shoulder to see your screen, and lower your voice when using the phone.
If there are apps or documents you know you’ll need while traveling, download them before leaving. And even though theft or loss of a device is troublesome, you can mitigate the negative consequences by enabling “find my device”—a built-in feature on most modern smartphones that allows you to locate your device from a secondary device, ping the lost device to ring, or completely wipe it and restore to factory default.