Computer Security While You Are Travelling

If you are person that is always on the go then you know that things can get a little stressful very quickly. You are trying to get to a place in a certain amount of time with all of the baggage that you need to accomplish your goals when you get there. Making sure that you have all of that right is enough to drive anyone a little crazy. Or it might make you a little forgetful about the things that you do every day. This includes your habits while you are on the computer. There are certain habits that you pick up if you are heavy computer user. And if you are someone who travels then there is a good chance that you use your computer more than the average person. It is a way for us to be able to get work done a lot easier while we are on the go.


And while you are doing that work or entertaining yourself in the middle of your travels you have to remember that you need to be careful just like you are at home. But as a matter of fact, you might need to be more careful while you are travelling then you are at home because you are depending on resources that you cannot fully trust. For example when you are on a strange WIFI network you have to be careful. You do not know who else is on that network and you do not know how secure the network is. There might be a chance that there is a black hat hacker on the network spying on anyone who is using it. And that is certainly possible if the network is not properly secured. If it is easy for you to get on the network then that means that it is easy for the bad guys to get on the network as well.

But you also have to remember that the network itself can be a trap. There are a lot of people out there who set up wireless networks for people to use just so that they can look at the traffic and pick up anything of value. This happens a lot and it is something that you have to be concerned about. Basically, if you do not trust the network then there is a good chance that you do not want to do anything serious on there. For example, you might not want to check your bank account or look at your stock picks. And if you have any private information in your email account you probably do not want to check it on a strange network as well.

But if you are on a network that you do not fully trust and you need to check the items that I have just listed then you want to make sure that you are using SSL. Make sure that in the web address box that the http part is followed by an s. So it would look like https and not the normal http. While this is not 100% secure it is a lot better than how you would normally check these accounts. Some websites will give you an option to use this setup and some websites will offer it as the default.

When you are travelling you want to be sure that you are safe while you are on the go. And that means all of the activities that you do including on your computer. Treat your computer session with the same care that you do while you are at home.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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