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How to be a Digital Nomad: Cybersecurity Edition

In 2021, working from home is more common than ever. After the COVID-19 pandemic shifted workplaces from in-office to at-home, many people dove into the world of remote work head first. And while some employees can’t wait to get back to a “normal” work environment, others have adopted this new way of remote work as a lifestyle. 

They’re called “digital nomads,” people who are constantly on the go while working completely online. Now, in 2021, there are over 35 million digital nomads worldwide. 

With the rise in this digital nomadic lifestyle, it’s more important than ever to stay safe on the go. Beyond keeping your items and personal belongings safe, it’s essential to protect your technology and whatever information is on it. Looking to become a digital nomad yourself? We’ve got some tips to get you started.

Get familiar with accessible WiFi

For most all types of work, WiFi is a must. And when you’re living as a digital nomad, it’s essential to know how to get free WiFi — and get it safely:

    • Find a free public hotspot in a cafe, restaurant, or internet cafe.
  • Use your phone as a personal hotspot by configuring your settings.
  • Download a WiFi finder app to locate accessible hotspots.

  • Invest in a portable router for fast and efficient internet.

Public WiFi hotspots are a great way to find connections on the go, but it’s essential to know all the rules, regulations, and the best ways to connect.

Know the risks of public hotspots

However, when it comes to public WiFi, there can be some drawbacks. Connecting to a public network at a cafe or restaurant may put your information at the risk of hackers and other cybercriminals. To avoid this, always be sure to password protect your information on your device, use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your activity, or even invest in a private portable router. 

Along with these tips, there are a few other ways to ensure your staying cyber-safe while you’re on the go:

  • Enable your firewall to avoid pop-ups, viruses, and cybercriminals.
  • Avoid logging into sites that contain private information like bank accounts and school websites.
  • Review app permissions to learn more about how your personal information is protected.

  • Ensure the sites you visit are secure by verifying URLs begin with “HTTPS.”

While public WiFi hotspots are a lifesaver on the road, part of the digital nomad lifestyle is staying safe as you continue traveling and working. So, be mindful of the risks associated with public WiFi to best protect you and your work.

Protect your device at all times

Finally, as you start your digital nomad journey, it is of the utmost importance to keep your device safe – beyond just connecting to WiFi. Installing antivirus or firewall software on your device is a great way to safeguard your information at all times. Continue to update your software and keep your eye out for security threats.

As the digital nomad lifestyle becomes more popular — and travel makes a comeback — it’s time to start thinking of how to best protect your information on the go. For more perspective on how to roam worry-free WiFi woes and cybersecurity threats, pore over the infographic below, courtesy of Norton.

How to get free Wi-Fi: The digital nomad

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