If you’re traveling for business, chances are you’re hauling your laptop with you. We understand. But just because it’s in your hotel room, doesn’t mean it’s safe. People can still break into hotel rooms and sure, you may trust house keeping to make your bed, but do you really trust them with your most valuable devices? They’re still strangers, after all, so probably not.
If you must bring electronic devices, keep them locked in a safe in your room or in the front desk’s storage safe. The best idea is to keep them with you at all times. And if possible, leave your mobile devices at home (do you really need your phone, laptop, tablet and Kindle?) Yes, we know, it’s a painful decision to leave a beloved electronic behind. Everyone loves being plugged in all the time. But if you can’t keep an eye on your devices, it’s best not to bring them at all.
You’re on an eight hour flight. First off, you have our sympathies. Second off, it’d probably be a good use of your time to get some work done, right? Of course, we’re right. But before you power up that laptop of yours, are you going to be working on sensitive company data? Checking your bank account? Revealing any kind of important PII?
Stop, think, and be aware of your surroundings. Who’s sitting to your left, to your right, and behind you? Are they sleeping? Are they watching you? It may sound paranoid, but in this day and age, you always have to watch out for shoulder surfers. Because if you’re not and your information gets stolen, that painful eight hour flight just got a whole lot worse.
People often don’t realize how LOUD they’re talking in a public place–in a coffee shop, grocery store, parking lot. When you’re having a private conversation in a public place, sometimes you forget that everyone can hear you.
If you say the last four digits of your social security number, a phone number, sensitive company information, the name of your kids, where your kids go to school, etc–you’re basically giving a crook everything he needs to start building a profile on you (and, possibly, the place you work)!
Word of caution: DON’T DO THAT. Keep your voice down. It’s the polite thing to do and it’s also the safe thing to do.