China has recently become one of the most popular travel destinations to date.

And no wonder, as there are numerous reasons why people travel there: cuisine, culture, history, traditions and of course – sightseeing.

by Jolie Lenkewicz

While it is crucial to do some research regarding the place you will be going to, it is also important to take certain action in terms of security and overall online safety, not only when travelling to China but to any foreign country in general.

Firstly, copy and save all your data before going on a trip, just in case anything happens. Moreover, do not forget to back up your files regularly and keep your software as well as your operating system up to date. This is needed to keep in line with the security updates as well, as numerous new viruses and malware come up. If you keep sensitive information on your computer but need to have access to it at all times, it is best if you get your device encrypted. This way, the sensitive data won’t get leaked or accessed.

It does not need to be said that your personal computer and phone need to be locked to avoid data and personal information theft. It’s best if you can lock your smartphone with your fingerprint but if that’s not an option, try setting up a strong password. It should be quite complex, yet easy to remember to the user. Also, two-factor authentication is an important step to take, as it adds an additional layer of security, making it more difficult to hack into your accounts. Strong passwords in general help against hackers because they are harder to crack.

Another thing to remember is to turn off your geolocation and GPS. It will make it more difficult to track you as well as your online activities. Do not forget to often clear browser history and cache. Also, while it is easier to log in with one click, when travelling, be sure to uncheck the ‘Remember me’ checkbox. Furthermore, log out of your apps and accounts to prevent takeovers.

Regarding the Internet connections, any wireless public network should be considered not safe because it is easily hackable. There can be fake access points that you can connect to and your data might get stolen or leaked. Whether you connect to an unsecured wireless network at a coffee shop, a hotel or an airport, keep in mind that you might be prone to a cyber-attack.

Get yourself a good protective software like an antivirus that will help you avoid ads as well as malware and one that can protect you against all kinds of viruses, trojans and spyware. Also, you can get yourself a VPN. A VPN (virtual private network) is a software that can help protect you against many dangers and cyber-threats. It can also help access geo-restricted websites or streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, etc.

VPN China

It is known that the Great Firewall of China blocks your usual websites like Gmail, Facebook, YouTube as well as other popular web pages. A VPN that works in China is a great solution to this problem, as it will not only protect you but let you access all your favorite pages. Moreover, a VPN is the best when it comes to keeping users safe, as its encryption protects online users from all kinds of threats as well as unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Furthermore, a VPN service provider can secure multiple devices at once, meaning that your phone, tablet and your computer can be all protected.

While it is important to follow the ‘simple’ steps, it is recommended to have a good protective software like a VPN to go hand in hand with all the usual protective solutions. A good VPN will keep you secure and private no matter the location. Also, your Internet browsing will not be restricted, as you will be able to watch your favorite YouTube videos or update your status on Facebook.

Original photo & design: China-underground

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