How to Keep Vacations Safe Online

I just returned from a fun, action-packed, 10-day vacation with my wife and three (out of four) children. Along the way, I learned (and remembered) a thing or two about cybersafety and mixing work and play. 

Our drive out East (from Michigan) included stops in Washington, D.C., and Lancaster, Pa., and Ocean City, Md. We toured the White House, visited the new Museum of the Bible and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, saw my extended Lohrmann family at a reunion in southeast Pennsylvania, sat on beautiful Atlantic beaches, went on boat rides, walked the OC Boardwalk, enjoyed great restaurants, ice cream and fast food, and rendezvoused with people at airports and more.

No, this is not the first time I’ve written on technology topics about vacation. Some readers may remember that I traveled to Ocean City back in 2012 and wrote this piece about using vacation Wi-Fi networks — or not. I also wrote this blog about not having Internet access on vacation as well as this blog which considers whether or not to do work email on vacation. (Yes — I still do work email on vacation today — and I still use the one-hour rule that I came up with a decade ago.) However, I do occasionally go for a digital detox — as I describe here — in order to recharge.    

Here are some initial observations from my 2018 summer vacation:

A lot of people are still losing technology in airports — including smartphones, laptops and more. While waiting (for less than an hour) to pick up my son at Reagan National Airport (DCA), I watched as men and women reported missing items to security, heard several announcements for someone to return to security checkpoints for left (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: http://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/how-to-keep-vacations-safe-online.html