Beyond Summer Gadgets, It’s Time to Think About Summer Security June 22, 2017 It’s time for those great summer gadgets that we can’t resist. You know the ones. Those waterproof speakers and waterproof smartphone cases are a must for helping you enjoy the day out by the water, as well as protect your gear. But your gear is not all that needs to be protected this summer. It is the time of year when people can’t wait to get away. That eagerness to escape leaves the door open (metaphorically) for all kinds of bad things to happen. It is not just the house that is in more jeopardy. It is you, your devices, and your sensitive information. No one is as attentive when on vacation as they should be, this makes them a juicy target for all kinds of mischief. The reason tourists are targeted so frequently is because they are generally easier marks. So this summer, don’t just carry tech you have to protect. Carry tech that can help protect you. Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Tech that Monitors Your Home If you have a home security system, it may be time to upgrade it. If you don’t have one yet, it is definitely time to get one. That’s because older security systems left you with no way to do the monitoring yourself, nor can you control any other aspects of your home while you are away. Today’s systems allow for both. One example would be systems from Nortek Security & Control. Consumers now have options for security systems that can be controlled, programmed, or in some way used by the smartphone you already have in your pocket. If you are going to be away for a while, you will want to periodically adjust the lights on and off in different rooms. With the latest systems, you can do that from anywhere in the world with a wifi connection. Make sure your security system enables you to know that everything is okay, and empowers you to control your home when you are away. Tech that Helps You Recover Lost or Stolen Devices You may never be the target of a mugging or a pick-pocket at home. But when you are traveling, you make a very tempting target. This is doubly true if you happen to carry an iPhone. For some years, the iPhone has been the #1 most stolen smartphone. If you are carrying one out and about, you are a target. Go low-tech and put your iPhone in an ugly case so that it looks like something else. But in case of loss by theft or simple absent-mindedness, think about getting something like a low-profile GPS tracker to put on your devices. There is a good chance your device already has something like a Find My iPhone feature installed. Be sure it is turned on whenever you travel. Tech that Protects Your Identity The best technology you can get to protect your identity is likely software-based. A good junk-mail filter will insulate you from the majority of online scams and malware that can rob you of your identity and dignity. Then, there is the password manager for keeping all your passwords secure. The reason you would use a password manager is so that all your logins will be strong passwords that you do not have to try to remember, and that will not be easy to guess. Technology that Keeps Your On-screen Information Private Let’s go low-tech again and go for a privacy screen protector for all your devices. They are inexpensive. And they really work. They keep your screen visible and clear if you are directly in front of it. But the person next to you can’t see what is on your screen. It is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to keep your information safe while traveling. There is no such thing as being perfectly safe when traveling. But you can greatly increase your safety by using tech that helps you monitor your home, tech that helps you recover lost items, tech that protects your identity, and tech that keeps your on-screen information private. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.