Vacation with your devices and secure it with VPNReactor.
Yes, nowadays, we were surrounded by digital devices; laptops, cell phones, tablets, etc. We admit it or not, it already became part of our daily living. Most of the time, this is all right, but when going on vacation it can seem like a hassle.
What should you bring?
What precautions should you take?
Will you have time to use these devices?
Well, here are some great tips that you can do before, after or even while you are on a vacation to make sure your digital devices are secure, safe and use it just right.
Before you go on a vacation, you need to think some few things. What are the things you are going to bring? How much time will you have to spend on these devices, and what will you need to ensure safe travel and comfort? Think about an itinerary for the time you will be away from home and what you will be doing.
Here are some good ideas you can add in your checklist before you leave:
Ensure secure surfing and browsing anywhere. For most instances, you will need to browse internet for some important reasons like checking home, office, emails, updates, etc and it never safe to just connect to any place’s public wifi so before doing so, have all of your devices connected to a VPN first so you won’t get a security breach problem.
Make sure your devices are up to date. Make sure everything is up to date on your cellular phones, computers or tablets to ensure you won’t have any problems with the software or anything.
Back up all of your devices at home. Backing up to an external hard drive or your computer at home is important so you don’t have any data loss if you lose your device. Losing your device is likely to happen and can be very upsetting, and losing your data can be even worse.
Download an application like “Find My iPhone” or something similar. In the event that you DO lose your device, this kind of app will be able to track it and you can follow to recover your belongings. This is also good in the event that your devices get stolen.
Clean off any sensitive data. You will be in a new area with new people and you have no idea who might be around. It’s important to clear off any sensitive data like passwords or banking information.
Password – Protect all devices. Again, you have no idea who is around you. Putting a password protection on your devices will lock them to ensure nobody can get in and use your device.
Pack your chargers. Nothing is worse than forgetting your chargers for any device, because then you’re carrying around a dead paperweight that does not do anything. Remember the chargers!
After you’ve gotten your devices ready for vacation, it’s time to think about what you will be doing on them while you are gone. One of the biggest downfalls of bringing laptops or phones on vacation is that people are more often actually working on work related information rather than spending their time actually relaxing and vacationing. You do not want to fall into this! If you think that you may, put password locks on your computer and sign out of your e-mail to not be tempted. Sometimes though, you may have to do a bit of work, in which case, do what you need and spend the rest away from the computer! If you don’t need to though, don’t do it.
Another thing you may want to consider is that you may just spend too much time on them anyway, doing things like social media and watching YouTube. While on vacation, you want to be out of the hotel doing things that you would not normally do at home and social media should not be your first concern.
Another concern while using your digital devices on vacation is using unprotected Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi that is not protected under a network is much easier for hackers to log on and be able to grab information from your devices. To protect your software and your data, you should think about your network connections all the time. If you do not have the password to a connection, or want to use a free open connection, think strongly about which websites you are visiting and what you are doing online. You are not alone.
If all of your devices are ready and secure for vacation, that’s great. Remember the above tips and when you get to your vacation destination, live by them. It’s important to think about how you are going to use and protect your digital devices when on vacation because a lot of damage could happen to them, or worse, lose them. Here are a few tips on what to do with your devices in these common vacation areas:
Dealing with your digital devices on a plane
Often, when people go on vacation, they need to take a plane to get there. If you are going to be flying, it can be pretty boring and you may want the accompaniment of your devices to keep you busy. While this can be very good, it has some downfalls. You must remember that all devices with connections must be in “airplane” mode while flying as to not mess with the plane in any way. Other than this, watching a movie on your laptop or reading on your e-reader may be a good way to pass the time in the air.
Dealing with your digital devices in the hotel
It is good to have laptops and phones and tablets to use, but you don’t want these to distract you from going out and doing things while away on vacation. Try only using these at night or when you absolutely have to avoid losing time.
Dealing with your digital devices at the beach
If you are going to a popular beach destination, remember that your devices can’t get wet or sandy! There are methods you can follow in case they do, but take the precautions early and stop it before it does. Invest in a waterproof case or just bring some plastic freezer bags that can zip up to prevent sand or water getting in. Another way to ensure they will be safe is to not bring them at all.
Think about what you will be spending your time doing at the beach, and think if it’s even necessary to bring your digital devices. It may be fine and more fun and stress-free without them though but as this became part of our daily living already, keep it safe. Have it secured. Surf, and browse anywhere. Do all of these with VPNReactor.