Wherever possible, leave your electronics at home. Before you embark, delete sensitive information from devices you take along.

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure,

take these simple precautions to protect the information

on your smartphone, tablet, and laptop. 

Create a screen lock for your phone and tablet home screens to restrict others’ ability to access the device.

Retina scans, six-digit passcodes, and long passwords are good options.


Also, activate the “Find My Device” setting before you depart on vacation.

Bring along spare batteries or plug directly into an electrical outlet to recharge your electronics instead of using a USB charging station. USB plugs can be modified to steal data or install malware.  

Avoid public Wi-Fi networks at places like airports, hotel lobbies, and coffee houses. Criminals may operate Wi-Fi networks that appear to be legit.


In Washington DC, Cybersecurity expert Richard Marshall explains why using public Wi-Fi is riskier than most people think.


Click on the arrow to listen and learn.  

Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality on your phone when you’re not using them.


And whenever you access the web with Wi-Fi, consider using a VPN app to connect anonymously.

Planning to rent a car? Never use Bluetooth to connect your smartphone to it. Use an auxiliary cord instead.

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Shred your boarding pass, tickets, luggage tag and hotel information rather than just throwing the documents away.


Personal information on those documents can be used by a fraudster to capture personal information, which can lead to identity theft or personalized phishing emails.

Monitor your frequent flyer miles, hotel and credit card loyalty rewards accounts.


Use unique, strong passwords to protect each of the accounts. Rewards points are as good as cash to crooks.

Sources: IBM X-Force, Forbes, Conde Nast, Sophos, CNBC, clarkhoward.com

Click on the thumbnail image to download and print these tips about protecting your devices and data as you travel.

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Source: CNBC.com

AVOID INSTAGRAM "VERIFIED ACCOUNT" OFFERS: Celebrities and global companies can qualify for special "verified" status that adds a blue checkmark to their Instagram profile. The security firm Threatpost says a new scam is luring victims by promising to upgrade their Instagram accounts to “verified” status. An email directs users to a fake Instagram verification page and enter their personal information. 

WARNING TO PARENTS ABOUT TIK-TOK: The video-sharing app is under fire in for collecting personal information from users under age 13. US and UK agencies charge that Tik-Tok collected the information illegally and did not delete children's information even when parents demanded it. The cybersecurity company Sophos says there are concerns that Tik-Tok allows adults to secretly communicate with children.

USING THE VLC VIDEO PLAYER? UPDATE IT NOW! The world’s most popular open-source media player, VLC, has released an update designed to fix 33 security issues. This is the most significant update in the program’s history. Users must manually download the new version of VLC (3.0.7) and should not use the app until they have performed the update.

Trust your instinct.
If an email doesn't look quite right
or a website asks for personal information,
stop and think before you click!
Have you received a suspicious email?
Contact your department's help desk.

You're the most important link to

protecting the City and your family from cyber fraud.

In the upcoming edition of Cybersecurity News
from the City Cybersecurity Team:
What to know about kids' behavior online
as the new school year begins.

July 2019 b • Edition #73

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