Cybersecurity Tips For Travellers

Cybersecurity For Travellers

Now that the world is opening up after the pandemic, it is time to brush up on your cybersecurity practices to ensure that you are safe online wherever in the world you are traveling to.  If, like me, you keep your life on your mobile devices, just losing your phone or tablet can have catastrophic after-effects on your financial, social and business life. So, before you pack your bags and try to remember where you put your passport, let us go through this cybersecurity checklist.

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Cybersecurity Protection Against Growing Threat

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Cybersecurity, if you have not considered it before, should be at the top of your actions in the next day or so following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Regardless of the ground war, Russia, along with other hostile nation-states, have been carrying out cyberattacks on national infrastructures, organisations and high profile individuals for quite some time, potentially many years.

As tensions rise between Russia and other countries, their hacking teams will be working overtime and small to medium-sized businesses could well find their way in the line of fire.

So, what to do?

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2FA Protection – The Good, The Bad & The Fugly

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2FA or two-factor authentication to give it its extended name is an important tool in protecting your online life against hackers, scammers and purveyors of phishing attempts. As well as using your username and password to log into sites and services, 2FA introduces another step by requiring a code on a mobile device or USB device to add an extra step. Not all sites allow 2FA but most email services do and that is a good place to start. Hackers with access to your email can cause havoc. However, 2FA is not foolproof and there are a number of ways a determined hacker can bypass it.

The most common way this can occur is through a SIM-swapping attack. This is where a criminal convinces your mobile provider to give them a SIM card in your name and with your mobile number so that they get all your 2FA codes from websites. Also, most security experts advise against using a code sent to your mobile device via SMS as it is possible for the SMS to be intercepted.

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IceDrive Ready To Shake Up Cloud Storage Market

IceDrive is part of my intention to de-Google and de-Microsoft much of my online activities. Ignoring Google Drive is simplicity itself and while I have an Office 365 account which gives me 1TB of OneDrive storage, I wanted to choose a small, independent option with a good reputation for security. I looked at a number … Read more

Mailbird And Bitwarden Ring In The Changes

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Mailbird and Bitwarden are two major services that cropped up on my radar at the latter end of 2021.  To be fair, I have known about Mailbird for many years and was a regular user and championed it on my old Web2 And More blog. I transferred my fickle allegiances to Postbox until recently I discovered that it was hiccoughing on the Protonmail account.  Emails were not being sent and received emails that I found on the browser version were missing.

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