6 Security Tips to Consider While You Travel

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Following the “8 Ways to Avoid the Cybersecurity Grinch” blog post, it seems like a follow-up is in order given the recent Marriott Breach disclosure.  It is important to note that when we travel, similar to when we shop, we are putting our trust in the organizations we are dealing with during our trip. 

While we can follow most (if not all) of the 8 items listed in the previous post, we are still at the mercy of these organizations.  There are a few simple things we can do/think about when we are on our travels.

  1. Use a VPN, either one provided by your company or a personal one. If you are not sure which one to get, here is a link that helped me decide which was right for me Https://thatoneprivacysite.net/vpn-section/

  2. Avoid using the systems in the business center to login to personal accounts (i.e. Check-in at the airport or using the app on your cell phone)

  3. Assume that all the systems, including in-room entertainment, are not secure

While we still do not know the full extent of what happened with Marriott/Starwood breach, we should assume the worst.  Emailing all those affected is going to take weeks if not longer. Any system connected to the network may have been compromised.  Obviously, if you are a member of one of their programs or have ever stayed at one of their properties, you should at a minimum, also change your password to the online portal.  Here are some additional things to consider:

  1. If you used the business center to check-in to your flight, make reservations, check email or use any system that you had to login to change those passwords

  2. Be wary of phishing emails. Now that everyone knows they will be sending messages, be cautious

  3. Watch for any strange or unauthorized activity on any of your accounts

Much of this may seem like common sense but so does having good security to prevent things like this in the first place.  In my previous post, I talked about checking for HTTPS. Recently there has been an uptick in attackers using HTTPS in their campaigns to further mask their nefarious activity.  When in doubt, call into support lines that are provided on the sites you trust. 

This is going to take some time to unravel but in the meantime remain on guard and vigilant in your pursuit of securing your information everywhere you have control.

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