AVG Security Tips: Staying Safe on Your Travels

With business travellers starting to take to the air again, what technology safety advice should you heed before packing your laptop and heading to the check-in desk?

Security KeyboardBusiness travel may have taken a back seat over recent years in line with the downturn in the global economy, but there are signs that the business traveler has returned. As many businesses spent 2009 at home cutting costs, they now need to start traveling again to drive revenue.

An indicator of a rise in business travel is global hotel group InterContinental’s latest results, which show double digit growth in areas popular with business travelers like Shanghai and Germany. After all when it comes to driving the top line, there is only so much that can be done behind a desk or by conference calls and Skype, before a face-to-face chat is required to drive business and seal the deal.

  • So with business travelers starting to take to the air again, what advice should you heed before packing your laptop and heading to the check-in desk?
  • Before connecting to a network, look around and locate a sign that advertises the official name of the legitimate network you want to connect to.
  • De-activate your wireless connection if you're not planning to connect to the Web. Not only will this protect you from intrusion, it'll also save your battery life.
  • Turn off shared folders. If you unwittingly connect to a malicious network, a hacker could easily transfer malicious spyware onto your laptop.
  • Be very careful what information you share in public locations. Even seemingly innocuous logins to Web-mail accounts could give hackers access to get into your more important data.
  • Ensure that your security software is always up to date.

Staying Safe on Your Travels
August 2011
AVG Security Tips

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