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7 Essential Privacy Tips for when you travel

There are various systems that increase the risks that your private personal data may be misused, otherwise misappropriated or stolen. Fortunately, Top World Hotel offers a list with the 7 essential privacy tips for when you travel, to minimize data collection.

1. Avoid login

Another simple tactic, if you care about your privacy, is to avoid accessing the various accounts while you are using the hotel’s network.

If the connection is not secure, you could risk it being encrypted by cybercriminals, and therefore the entry of password and username could be intercepted.

2. Always use a VPN

The biggest intimidation of privacy during the journey comes from Wi-Fi networks. We find many not unsafe in airports, hotels and restaurants. If the data you transmit from your laptop or smartphone is not encrypted, anyone else on the same network may be able to read it.

Take a small step forward in installing the HTTPS Everywhere plug-in of the Electronic Frontier Foundation browser on your laptop browsers. The plug-in will activate encrypted connections to any Web site that supports them, including Facebook and Google.

Not all websites support encrypted connections. This is where a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service comes into play. The VPN will encrypt all Internet traffic between your laptop or smartphone, making sure your Wi-Fi data is unreadable for snoopers on the same network.

3. Antivirus

Although this warning may seem a little trivial, many people do not pay attention to the protection of smartphones and laptops.

It is essential, therefore, especially on the road, to check if the device has an antivirus updated against the latest threats, so you can surf in total security without being threatened by the various hacking sistem.

4. Danger of geolocation

The happiness of going on holiday sometimes leads us to act in a rather inattentive way.

Very often people want to let people know what they do with messages, or to share their position with their contacts. Do not write all these things, but leaving the geolocation option active is the same: it will be the social network to communicate to your contacts where you are at that time.

5. Rental cars can keep track of where you go

If you rent a car, most likely the vehicle has an event data recorder (EDR).

EDR data belongs to the owner or tenant of a car, it is unlikely that drivers of rental cars will have the right to privacy regarding EDR data.

Very often, the built-in GPS navigation systems are used by the rental car. You should not connect the smartphone to the Bluethoot system, otherwise the user could be tracked down by the car rental company or hacked by a third party. 

You might try deleting your browsing history or personal profile that you’ve set up on a rented GPS device, or in the on-board computer before returning the rental car.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to do anything about EDR data if the rental company was actively monitoring your movements.

6. Mobile applications can introduce virus

For summer holidays there is a huge number of apps: games, tour guides, restaurants in the area, suggestions, etc.

Many of these applications, however, can hide virus or malware, or dangerous software, even worse those apps that involve the activation of geolocation services.

It is possible to protect yourself by downloading only the app from the official market, paying attention to possible errors in the description texts, consulting the reviews, and avoiding the apps that use the geo-localization systems.

7. Use IMEI codes and backups

It happens to lose your smartphone on vacation: to prevent the device from being hacked you can set codes that are difficult to decrypt or use the IMEI code to remotely lock the device.

Even changing the settings of the browser and app so that they do not record access and payment data helps to make sure that other people, once they have come into possession of our device, can take advantage of its contents.

To protect and safeguard data, however, the backup remains the best choice: transferring all the sensitive information not contained on the device inside a storage medium or on a cloud (obviously protected) is a guarantee in case of loss. 

These are our best privacy tips while traveling.

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