Mobile devices give us options. We can log onto Wi-Fi, which is convenient, but if we’re out and about it’s required of us to use 3G and 4G. This also goes for tablets as the recently released iPad along with various Android tablets have room for a SIM, connecting travelers in both ways.
Although we have these options, the big threat to mobile device security has consistently been the Wi-Fi option. Anytime a person travels and logs onto a public Wi-Fi hotspot, or even a Wi-Fi network that they pay for, other folks surfing the network can potentially cause damage. Eavesdropping on other travelers’ data doesn’t require a Ph. D, as it simply takes a individual curious enough (who’s equip with a few software tools) to check you out.
Although these eavesdroppers aka “password sniffers” can potential cause harm, it’s refreshing to know most sensitive websites already protect you. For instance, the majority of online banking sites take measures to encrypt their data. Whenever you see a URL that begins with https:// instead of the typical http://, it means the website has done their job. This security measure is known as SSL encryption, and will always serve you well.
Another way to override this risk is to regularly use 3G or 4G data instead of Wi-Fi when traveling. Most cell service providers already protect their data with encryption. So any email, banking, or sensitive information is best served up over these trusted networks.
Alas, if you’re still concerned (which many of us are), consider using a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs work over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G data, which essentially protect your Internet traffic times two. Both iOS and Android devices allow the option to set up a VPN, and on top of that, can even allow access to remote files at home or at work. Having a VPN in place is a good measure before taking off, as business travelers need access to sensitive files regularly.
So now that you’re set up with some security know-how, we hope your travels can be much more carefree. Wishing you a happy next trip!
The GigSky Team