Spring Break Cybersecurity Tips for Those Traveling
Next week is spring break. As stewards of the data resources at CSP, we remind you that you carry with you CSP data or access to CSP data. Here are several simple tips to follow if travel is in your plans:
- Make sure your computer is up to date with the latest operating system patches, software patches, and virus definitions.
- Make sure your data is backed up before traveling with a mobile device or laptop. If you are running a CSP-issued laptop, make sure Code42 CrashPlan is properly running.
- Make sure you have your computer or smartphone set to a lockout screen after inactivity. This will ensure that your laptop isn’t running and open while you are not next to it leaving it vulnerable to individuals like custodial staff who might enter your hotel room.
- Turn off the WiFi auto-connect on your devices.
- When you are connecting to a wireless network, confirm the legitimacy of the network.
- Remember the power of social media and limit the information you share. For instance, don’t post which coffee shop WiFi you like to connect to while on vacation.
- Guard your devices never leaving them unattended in public places.
- Make sure you utilize a VPN when connecting to CSP data, especially if you utilize a CSP laptop.
- Run a virus scan both before your trip and after you return.
- When you return take note of any unusual programs that may have been installed while you were traveling. You can see this by looking at the control panel, programs, and features, and looking at the install date. Remember, some of your programs might have a new date because they have updated patches with them.
If you have any questions about these tips, we encourage you to contact our Help Desk at email@example.com or 651-641-8866.