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Tips from Homeland Security: Securing Your Devices for Holiday Travel

As the holiday season begins, many people will travel with their mobile devices. Although these devices—such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops—offer a range of conveniences, users should be mindful of potential threats and vulnerabilities while traveling with them. Homeland Security has issued the following guidance:

Know the risks
When shopping, banking, or sharing personal information online, take the same precautions with your smart phone or other device that you do with your personal computer — and then some. The mobile nature of these devices means that you should also take precautions for the physical security of your device (see Protecting Portable Devices: Physical Security for more information) and consider the way you are accessing the Internet.

Do not use public Wi-Fi networks
Avoid using open Wi-Fi networks to conduct personal business, bank, or shop online. Open Wi-Fi networks at places such as airports, coffee shops, and other public locations present an opportunity for attackers to intercept sensitive information that you would provide to complete an online transaction. If you simply must check your bank balance or make an online purchase while you are traveling, turn off your device’s Wi-Fi connection and use your mobile device’s cellular data Internet connection instead of making the transaction over an unsecure Wi-Fi network.

Turn off Bluetooth when not in use
Turn off the Bluetooth setting on your phone when not in use. Cyber criminals have the capability to pair with your phone’s open Bluetooth connection when you are not using it and steal personal information.

Be cautious when charging
Avoid connecting your mobile device to any computer or charging station that you do not control, such as a charging station at an airport terminal or a shared computer at a library. Connecting a mobile device to a computer using a USB cable can allow software running on that computer to interact with the phone in ways that a user may not anticipate. As a result, a malicious computer could gain access to your sensitive data or install new software.

Don’t fall victim to phishing scams
If you are in the shopping mode, an email that appears to be from a legitimate retailer might be difficult to resist. If the deal looks too good to be true, or the link in the email or attachment to the text seems suspicious, do not click on it!

What to do if your accounts are compromised
If you notice that one of your online accounts has been hacked, call the bank, store, or credit card company that owns your account. Reporting fraud in a timely manner helps minimize the impact and lessens your personal liability. You should also change your account passwords for any online services associated with your mobile device using a different computer that you control. If you are the victim of identity theft, additional information is available from https://www.idtheft.gov/.

For even more information about keeping your devices safe, read Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices.

ACE IT Solutions to Sponsor Cap-Intro West Conference for Hedge Funds

ACE IT Solutions is proud to announce they will be sponsoring the Cap-Intro West Conference, taking place January 24-25, 2018 in San Francisco. CAP-INTRO WEST presented by North Street Global is a 1-on-1 focused event bringing together Private Equity, Venture Capital & Hedge Fund managers along with institutional allocators, fund of funds, family offices and tactical investors annually in… Continue Reading

ACE IT Solutions Named to 2017 CRN Next-Gen 250 List

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Cybersecurity Beyond Passwords

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Lurking Threats and Latent Opportunities of the Dark Web

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ACE IT Solutions to Address Cybersecurity Challenges for Financial Firms at Cap-Intro East

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Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Alliance Launches CyberSecure My Business

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ACE IT Solutions Named to MSSP Alert Top 100 Managed Security Services Providers List

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Big Businesses Breached: SEC and Deloitte Hacked

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ACE IT Solutions has been nominated as Best Outsourced Tech Provider for Hedge Funds by HFMWeek 2017 US Hedge Fund Service Awards

ACE IT Solutions has been nominated as Best Outsourced Tech Provider for Hedge Funds by HFMWeek 2017 US Hedge Fund Service Awards. The 2017 HFM US Hedge Fund Services Awards return for 2017 to honor providers of services and solutions to the hedge fund sector that have demonstrated exceptional innovation, customer services and performance over the past 12 months. The… Continue Reading