Protecting your employees when travelling for business is a frequently discussed topic, and from Duty of Care obligations to traveller well-being, the protection of your business travellers has both moral and legal implications if not practised correctly.
But what about the digital safety of your employees? Here, we have put 4 tips together to help your employees become savvy cybernated business travellers.
#1 Safer Connectivity
Many travellers will notice when connecting to public networks they receive a pop-up notification stating “their information may be viewed by others”. This is because the Wi-Fi network is unsecured. Using an unsecured network could enable a digital thief to hack email accounts, obtain log-in passwords, track people's movements and steal thousands of pounds in just a few hours.
To combat this issue and to increase safety, it's useful to connect to your businesses Virtual Private Network (also known as VPN) which your IT department will be able to set up for you.
Digital thieves don't stop there, they can scan for victims in an area covertly so its always good practice to turn off your Bluetooth and Wi-fi in public.
TOP TIP - Public USB hubs can also be a target, carrying a mobile charging device is a much safer way of getting that much-needed power boost on the road. Powertraveller.com has a simple, stylish and affordable x2 USB power bank HERE
#2 Safer Surfing
Its always good practice to use websites which display an https: at the beginning of the URL, along with an SSL certificate. The https shows that the website is encrypted and is much safer to use.
Another great thing to see from businesses including Travel Management Companies is to see if they have a “Cyber Essentials” certificate. These certifications show not only show credibility, but the protection of client data is being taken seriously.
TOP TIP- Turn off location travel apps when you are on the go whilst leaving social media posts revealing location till you get back to base. This way, potential housebreakers are not aware of your absence.
#3 Prevention and Preparation
Keeping your mobile devices in your hand luggage rather than in the hold is always good practice. The second thing is making sure your devices are safe within your hand luggage!
Investing in a cabin bag that will last you a lifetime whilst giving you style and protection for your valuables is a great start. The Independent listed the 10 Best Cabin bags HERE but our favourite all be it pricey, is the Horizn Studios M5 bag featuring aerospace-grade polycarbonate making it incredibly tough and resilient. The material properties of polycarbonate make for luggage that perfectly reacts to its contents and elastically absorbs any external pressure, always springing back into shape.
#4 Visual Hacking
An aspect of digital theft which many business travellers may not be aware of is Visual Hacking. Mobile device screens are capable of displaying private information virtually anywhere, making visual privacy an issue every organisation must consider.
3M - a science-based technology company committed to improving lives and doing business in the right way, conducted a visual hacking experiment to see how easy it was for digital thieves to steal information from corporates using only their eyes.
In only 15 minutes or less, the undercover visual hacker was able to obtain high-level company information whilst also being able to obtain sensitive information in 88% of the time. The sensitive information included corporate financials, confidential employee and customer information.
To combat this, privacy filters which make it difficult to view screens unless straight on and at close range can be installed on laptops, smartphones and tablets.
TOP-TIP Why not turn on a “timed” screensaver which can be enabled after a specific amount of inactivity. This can be especially useful if you happen to fall asleep on the train or up in the air.
Do you have any tips which could help business travellers stay digitally safe on the road? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Just leave a comment in the box below…