5 Tips for Keeping Your Business Data Secure When Traveling

I travel the world and run my business. It’s a great lifestyle, but I try to be super careful about running my business overseas, making sure WiFi is secure and my laptop and phone are safe.

Nowadays, everyone wants to use their personal mobile devices for business and convenience. This poses a huge risk caused by the theft and loss of confidential data. This is compounded by exposure outside of the office environment and the increasing volume of devices including laptops, tablets and smart phones. News stories testify to the real threats from data breaches to hacking scandals. There are some simple methods to reduce this risk however and today we wanted to share some of these.

1. Password Protection

Cyber-crime business events often start by checking that everyone uses a four-digit pin password on their smartphone. Default passwords on all devices and networks should be changed both inside and outside the office. Automated programmes can easily hack single dictionary words. Longer passwords are better, which include upper and lower case, as well as numbers and other characters. Use multiple passwords together with a password manager to help remember them. Always log out of accounts and use misleading password hints.

2. Keep Data in the Cloud

Unless you work for a large organisation, data is often more securely kept by a reputable service provider in the Cloud. Being off-site means that the business data can be accessed from anywhere and usually from multiple devices, after losing your device due to theft or malfunction. Cloud computing companies build their reputations on security against hackers and natural disasters. Having your information safety stored away from your device means that you can activate remote data wipes for your mobile phone.

3. VPNS

Similar to the secure connections above, there is only way way to ensure that! It’s having a proper VPN. Laptop or phone, it doesn’t matter. So if you’re wondering what is vpn on my phone, or on your computer, here’s your answer. Setting up Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) will ensure secure access to shared data by small groups of employees. The steps above will provide a good level of security and peace of mind, together with ensuring that portable devices are kept hidden when not in use.

4. Data Encryption

The data kept on your mobile devices can be a valuable tradable commodity, whether it is confidential competitive knowledge or financial information. Scrambling the data by encryption will prevent access to the information through physical or virtual theft. Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, will scramble data automatically. Otherwise, third party encryption software can be added.

5. Software Updates

It is important to ensure that regular software and application updates on all business computing devices. These will ensure that any current security issues are prevented as well as often adding new features to their use. As hackers turn their attention to mobile devices, security software is useful to install and update, now that these devices are being used for business data and financial transactions.

6. Secure Connections

In public places, WiFi should be turned off when not in use. Applications, such as email, may be accessed through HTTPS rather than HTTP, as seen in the browser’s address bar.

Options for network discovery, file sharing and print sharing should be turned off. In Windows Control Panel, this is found under the Internet and Network section or via System Preferences and Sharing for Macs. Similarly, Bluetooth should be turned off when not in use and security measures activated, such as hiding usernames.

Conclusion

Running a business, especially when you are overseas, you have to be diligent. Cyber scammers are becoming more evolved, and we have to match it! I hope this kept you guys up to date with how best to do that. Good luck.

Remember, never travel without travel insurance! And never overpay for travel insurance!

I use HeyMondo. You get INSTANT quotes. Super cheap, they actually pay out, AND they cover almost everywhere, where most insurance companies don't (even places like Central African Republic etc!). You can sign-up here. PS You even get 5% off if you use MY LINK! You can even sign up if you're already overseas and traveling, pretty cool.

Also, if you want to start a blog...I CAN HELP YOU!

Also, if you want to start a blog, and start to change your life, I'd love to help you! Email me on johnny@onestep4ward.com. In the meantime, check out my super easy blog post on how to start a travel blog in under 30 minutes, here! And if you just want to get cracking, use BlueHost at a discount, through me.

Also, (if you're like me, and awful with tech-stuff) email me and my team can get a blog up and running for you, designed and everything, for $699 - email johnny@onestep4ward.com to get started.

Do you work remotely? Are you a digital nomad/blogger etc? You need to be insured too.

I use SafetyWing for my digital nomad insurance. It covers me while I live overseas. It's just $10 a week, and it's amazing! No upfront fees, you just pay week by week, and you can sign up just for a week if you want, then switch it off and on whenever. You can read my review here, and you can sign-up here!

sep-icons
Low Cost Ways To Improve Your Busin...
Low Cost Ways To Improve Your Business Travel
teach-blog

So if you’re ready to…..

1) Change your life
2) Travel the world
3) Get paid to travel
4) Create a positive influence on others
5) Be free of offices and ‘real world’ rubbish

Then Sign Up Below and Let’s Get Started!

Follow me on Instagram @onestep4ward