Our advice to protect yourself on the internet during your holidays

We are one month away from the start of the summer period, and therefore right in the middle of reservations for the summer holidays. And preparing for a trip is often a stressful procedure.

For the holidays to be successful, you have to think about many things, whether it’s your personal belongings, the routes and the resorts. To get organized, many will use digital tools for simplified reservations. And that goes without saying since today more than one out of two French people (52%) books their holidays online.

However, given the many dangers that are constantly increasing on the internet (viruses, fraud, hackers, etc.), we no longer only have to think about the various insurance policies that will protect us once on vacation, but also to ensure that reservations upstream are made on secure devices. Indeed, the device that we use to access the Internet is the first step that will secure online activities. A hacker who has access to a device can access all of a person’s data, make requests on their behalf, and even bypass browser security protections.

To avoid all this, here are 4 essential tips to observe to prepare your holidays on the internet in complete safety:

Make sure all your used software/apps are up to date

We can never repeat it enough but updating software is important. So yes, it is still possible to use an old version, but without the assurance of being fully protected. Updates have an essential virtue, that of improving security and preventing detected vulnerabilities. They help protect users against ever-increasing cyberattacks. Moreover, the number of cyberattacks has been multiplied by 4 in 2020. We are therefore never careful enough!

Use hard-to-guess passwords

To access his device, it is now necessary to create a complex password. It may sound like a pain, but it’s one of the keys to not getting hacked. When you install an app or update your operating system on your devices, you will need to enter this password. This helps protect you from malicious people. Above all, it denies them even temporary access to your devices to install tracking software that would allow them remote control. For password combinations, think of something only you could remember.

Avoid sharing the connection of your devices with strangers as much as possible

Hackers are not afraid of any stratagem to steal your personal information. Tricks can be pernicious. Also, one should be on one’s guard at all times. For this, it is always recommended not to share the connection of your devices with anyone. If necessary, make sure that the person who will use your connection is a trustworthy person, it is important!

Consider using a VPN and a firewall

If you want to be sure that your online activity will not be traceable, then the option of using a VPN is highly recommended. This can be wise, especially during a trip, where you will need to connect to the Internet to find information on places to visit or restaurants to eat. You might as well be safe when you spend real moments of relaxation. And besides, to ensure optimal protection, it is also strongly recommended to use a firewall on your computer, to add an upper layer of security and peace of mind.

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