Unless you’re Canadian living at the countryside, it is a no-brainer tip that we should lock our doors and ensure we take precautionary steps to mitigate property theft. It would be also really unwise to write down your safety deposit box combination code in a notebook or speak out loud your ATM passcode at the coffee shop. Though we do not commit such dumb actions, we unknowingly do so on the internet.
How so? A recent article revealed, how anybody can easily view and possibly change a person’s flight details when someone posts a picture of their boarding pass. Even if the name, booking reference number and flights details are hidden, elementary hackers can easily access your details with a simple & free bar-code reader app.
In fact, the barcode reveals more information than the boarding pass itself such as full name, flight number, booking reference, ticket number, frequent flyer number and you get the point. Note, that even experienced travelers commit this sin. This really made me review & question my social media/tech practices and unsurprisingly, I find myself opening doors for cyber-criminals without knowing it. Here is what I’ve learnt:
Do Not Reveal Too Much Information on Social Media via Live Updates
Like many, I get very excited before going on a holiday trip. Bubbling with emotions, I tend to share experiences on platforms like Instagram & Facebook. Yes, feel free to share amazing pictures and videos but never share it live.
Why? You might be hinting your friends or friend’s friend (hopefully not to the general public!) that you’re not home and there is no one to stop you from taking my valuables. To make things worse, never share details on how long you’ll be gone like “Can’t wait to begin my month-long backpacking trip!”. In fact, criminals are using tech to track whereabouts of homeowners. Some are making it super-easy by posting “countdown days” ahead of their holiday plans. Stop opening doors for criminals by turning off location-sharing features, ensure your personal device is updated and stop broadcasting to people who aren’t in your group of friends. Once back from your trip, feel free to share your experiences, but it isn’t ideal to share it while you’re far away from home.
Never Save Passwords on Your Internet Browsers
The Best Way to Secure Your Personal Devices
If you think that a PIN code is no different than passwords, think again. Microsoft says that the PIN passcode you assign will be device specific and is tied to the hardware. This is great, as a hacker will be unable to access data remotely without both your PIN and physical device.
Here’s what I have so far. Feel free to share if there are any other ways we can secure our data.