Our technology inevitably comes with us when we travel. Most of us will only travel to the end of the block without our smartphones. Not having your technology there when you need it can ruin your day when you go on a trip. Travel more innovative and securely by doing several checks before you go. Use our handy, tech-savvy travel checklist. It can save you from lost devices, missing chargers, or a data breach.

1. Check Your Apps

Have you ever sat at an airport gate wondering why it looked so empty? You then discovered that your gate had changed, and you had no idea. You rush to the other end of the concourse, hoping you’re still on time. How did everyone else know about the gate change? They most likely had the app for the airline and received a notification. Before you leave for a trip, you can download any apps you need. It’s better to download them at home on your Wi-Fi. Reception may be an issue if you wait until you’re at the airport.

Some of the apps you may want to grab or update before your trip are:

· Airline app

· Train app

· Hotel app

· Theme park app

· Camping ground app

· Weather app

· City tourism app

2. Check Your Cords & Adapters

People leave behind countless chargers and adapters every day. They litter airports, restaurants, and train stations around the world. Could you bring a backup charger for your laptop, tablet, or phone? Otherwise, you may be paying a premium for a new charger in a gift shop. Your device could also go black if you lose its charger and can’t quickly get a new one.

3. Check Your Power

A great way to ensure you have the power you need is to buy a small charging battery. You can find these in most major retailers or online. They are small “blocks” that hold a charge and can power up a cell phone in a pinch.

Having this extra backup also helps you avoid potential juice-jacking ports. These are fake or compromised public USB charging ports. Hackers use them to steal your data when you plug in.

4. Check Your Mobile Plan

You should check your mobile plan if traveling out of the country. If you can’t call internationally, you may be unable to text or call home.

Carriers can add an international capability to your plan, but could you ask about pricing? It can get expensive if you’re on long calls or using mobile data. An alternative is to set up a VoIP app you can use with your office, friends, or family while traveling. These enable both calls and SMS, but you need an internet connection.

5. Check or Add a VPN

Free Wi-Fi may be a welcomed sight on the road, but it can also be dangerous. Who else is using that Wi-Fi? A hacker hanging out on the connection can easily steal your data if you’re not protected.

Using your mobile carrier connection or a virtual private network (VPN) app is better. VPN plans are inexpensive and will keep your data encrypted, even if you’re on public Wi-Fi.

6. Check Your Backup

Unfortunately, mishaps occur when traveling. You may leave your phone behind on a boat, have your luggage lost, or get your device stolen while in a crowded area. 

10% of all laptop thefts happen in airports.

Keep all your data with the device! Back up your devices to the cloud or local storage before you travel. Measures such as these ensure that you retain valuable information on your device. You won’t need to think twice about enacting a remote “wipe my device” command if necessary.

7. Check Your Device Security

Make your devices as secure as possible before you hit the road. When we’re traveling, our minds usually are occupied by other things. You may not check your antivirus or avoid suspicious phishing links.

Protect your devices before you go using:

· Antivirus/anti-malware

· DNS filtering

· Screen lock with passcode

· Sharing features turned off

· VPN application

· Find-My-Device feature turned on

8. Check Your Double-Checks

What do we mean by checking double-checks? You can use the buddy system as a backup. When the family gets off a plane, each should check with the other that they have all their devices.

If you’re traveling alone, have a friend or family member check-up by text. Did you get your charger? Is your VPN turned on?

Those little reminders can go a long way toward avoiding digital travel nightmares. 

Improve the Security of Your Devices Now

Don’t leave your devices unprotected. Doing so could mean a breach of your banking app or personal data. Contact PCS for device security solutions to reduce your risk.

The article was used with permission from The Technology Press.