Summer is the perfect time for travel.  The kids are out of school, the weather is beautiful, and it’s a great time to escape and get some much-needed R&R.  But if your vacations are anything like ours, the smartphones, laptops and tablets usually come along for the ride. Here at OpenDNS, we know that it takes a lot of hard work and planning to make any vacation a success, but with the proliferation of unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots, costly security breaches, and our growing dependence on personal, Internet-connected devices, we hope that online security doesn’t get left off of your travel “to-do” list.  Follow these three easy steps ensure that no matter where you travel, your devices are protected and the only thing on your mind is spending quality time with those you care about.

Stay Safe Online with OpenDNS

1) Set up OpenDNS on individual devices.

Whether you’re sitting by the hotel pool, driving across the country or flying around the world, you shouldn’t have to worry about your children being exposed to inappropriate or malicious online content while they’re away from your home network.  By setting up OpenDNS at the device level for tablets and laptops, you’re able to adjust and monitor your children’s network settings no matter where they are.  Setup is easy, and OpenDNS can be up and running in a matter of minutes, giving you the same reliable protection and peace-of-mind that you enjoy at home.  With OpenDNS enabled on your devices, you’re always in control of your network, even when you’re on vacation. Learn more about Parental Controls.

2) Make sure to password protect your devices.

For many of us, our personal, Internet-connected devices are the same ones that we rely on at work.  As BYOD continues to gain popularity in the workplace, our devices become more and more valuable as they store both personal and professional information. But with so many distractions while traveling, it’s easy for a phone or laptop to get left behind or stolen.  The thought of corporate and personal data falling into the wrong hands is daunting, but it can be avoided by password protecting all of your devices.  Though this may seem like a no-brainer, statistics on lost and stolen devices reveal that most people don’t take this first, basic security measure.  Password protection is a great idea anytime, but especially if you’ll be on the go, as it gives your devices and information a safety net should they happen to make an unexpected detour during your trip. Learn more about creating secure passwords.

3) Download DNSCrypt on your laptop.

We know how tempting it is to connect to unsecured (and often free!) public Wi-Fi networks at airports and hotels when you’re on the road.  However, it’s important to remember that these networks provide cyber-criminals with the perfect opportunity to get their hands on valuable personal information from unsuspecting Wi-Fi users.  This summer you can avoid the risk of having your information compromised by installing DNSCrypt.  DNSCrypt is a piece of lightweight software designed to boost privacy and security online.  It works by encrypting all DNS traffic between the user and OpenDNS, preventing any spying, spoofing or man-in-the-middle attacks.  Keep in mind that DNSCrypt is still a preview release, so installation is best left to techies. To learn more, visit: http://www.opendns.com/technology/dnscrypt/

Online security is becoming increasingly important as we rely more and more on personal, Internet-connected devices outside of the home network.  We hope that by following these three steps there will be one less thing to worry about while you’re on your vacation.  To learn more about ways to keep your devices protected and your family safe online, visit www.opendns.com

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