12 August 2013

Posted by Discount Insurance on Monday, August 12, 2013
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These days when we go on holiday, we take a holiday with our tech, rather than one from it.  Our phone, tablet and notebook are as high on the list as packing clean socks.

Therefore holiday makers need to keep in mind their digital as well as their personal safety when going on this year’s summer holiday.

Public Wi-Fi

Just like discovering a new destination, logging onto an unprotected foreign Wi-Fi connection can be a journey into the unknown and one that can be full of surprises.

You may feel safe using a Wi-Fi hotspot at a renowned or busy location, but in general anything done in public should never be considered ‘private’. It may feel private because you are using your own personal device, but it’s not. Over these public connections computer viruses can be easily transmitted and unknowingly downloaded by unsuspecting users. Therefore we suggest you don’t use public Wi-Fi hotspots for anything personal or that requires a username and password. Stick to secure web browsing in your own home.

Back up your memories

For the majority of us the content on our tech is just as important as the devices themselves. So ensure you have backed-up your device before you travel, and if your tablet or smartphone is serving as your camera, consider using a cloud storage system that can preserve images – such as iCloud by Apple if you have an iPhone – or, for Android users, Dropbox.

If you’re a bit more traditional and prefer using a camera, then consider the professional photographer's trick; Which entails covering your camera in duct tape, stickers or a dodgy case so it looks like it’s old and falling apart, rather than a state-of-the-art image capturing device and thus should avoid any unwanted attention.

Online Banking

A worrying £52.5m was stolen by hackers in 2010, affecting one in four of all those who bank online. The simple answer to avoid this problem is to stick to physical banks where possible. But if using online banking is unavoidable, pay the roaming fees, and use your bank’s dedicated app. Make sure to turn off your data roaming and sign out of it once the transaction is completed.

It’s gone. Can I find it?

The answer is yes (sometimes). Since the 1st generation iPhone, Apple has offered a free ‘Find my Phone’ service, an app that enables users to track their lost devices; and in case of theft erase their devices, and send text messages to their devices.  For Sony and Blackberry users there are similar services available. However, if you own an Android device, there is no Google- specific version, but paid apps have been developed which offer a similar service. Make sure you set it up these apps before you travel!


For an extra physical layer of security, apply permanent identification to your laptop using security labels, chemical etching or UV marker.

In the instance your laptop is either lost or stolen, you should always keep a record of the model number, specification, serial number; and any other information that will help the local authorities to identify the system if recovered.

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Gaurav Ahluwalia