Smarter traveling: tech safety tips

Whether you’re planning a road trip, going on a beach getaway, backpacking, or visiting family and friends around the world, these tips from ITS can help keep your information secure.

Update mobile software

Keep your operating system and apps updated to improve your device’s ability to defend against malware.

Back up information

Remember to back up your contacts, photos, videos and other mobile device data to a secure location or cloud service.

Keep it locked

Get into the habit of locking your device when it’s not in use. Strong PINs and passphrases are also a must.

Avoid auto connecting

Disable wi-fi auto connect and Bluetooth.

Connect with caution

Before connecting to any public wireless hotspot – such as on a plane, at the airport, in a hotel, aboard a train, or in a café – confirm the name of the network to ensure it’s legitimate. Do not conduct activities such as online shopping or banking using a public wireless network.

Think before you click

Use caution when downloading or clicking on any unknown links or attachments.

Guard your mobile device

Never leave mobile devices, including USB or external storage devices, unattended in a public place.

If you receive a suspicious email or suspect that your account has been compromised, report it immediately to security@usc.edu.

Visit the ITS website for more tech support.

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