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Hol­i­days? Trips?

Don’t just pro­tect your skin, but your mobile device, too!


Your smart­phone or tablet will no doubt come along on hol­iday with you. It’s handy to take sou­venir snaps and stay in con­tact with friends and family, but maybe also to keep an eye on your finances or make an urgent payment.

For a totally relaxed hol­iday, use our check­list to pro­tect your mobile device and any data stored there.

before your holiday

Make a back-up

Your devices could get lost or dam­aged on hol­iday. Back up your data before you leave, just in case.
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Update oper­ating system and apps

Out­dated soft­ware is often prone to vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties, making it easy for attackers to take con­trol of a device. Install the latest ver­sion of your OS and all apps.
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Acti­vate screen lock

With tablets and smart­phones, the risk of loss or theft is con­sid­er­ably greater than with your home PC. Make sure to acti­vate your auto­matic screen lock via code, pass­word, fin­ger­print or face recog­ni­tion on all mobile devices.
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Install antivirus app

Mal­ware is ever-present on mobile devices, too. There is an even higher risk of infec­tion when trav­el­ling. Make absolutely sure to use an antivirus app on your Android device.
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Install banking app

To also do your banking on the go, install your finan­cial institution’s mobile banking app, if avail­able, from the offi­cial store. Acti­vate or set this up before you leave. To check on your account on the go, you can also acti­vate messages/notifications (e. g. via SMS) for any account movements.
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Also: Remember to take the right travel adaptor for your charger, and to acti­vate your data roaming option, if applicable.

while on holiday

Only con­nect to trust­worthy and encrypted WiFi

Only con­nect your device to trust­worthy and encrypted net­works when on the go. Your hotel’s WiFi is usu­ally a good choice. Too often, public “Free WiFi” net­works are not secure and should there­fore be avoided.
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Never leave your device unattended

Even a locked device can be mis­used if it falls into the wrong hands. Always keep an eye on your mobile or tablet - oppor­tu­nity makes the thief.

Only do your banking on your own device

Third-party devices or those pub­licly acces­sible, e. g. a com­puter in your hotel lobby, are usu­ally not pro­tected too well and not up-to-date. Sen­si­tive busi­ness, i.e. banking or other finan­cial trans­ac­tions, should only be processed on your own device.

Make sure no-one is looking over your shoulder

There is a great risk of rub­ber­neckers watching you when you are e-banking, e. g. to spy on your pass­word, par­tic­u­larly on the go. Don’t let anyone look over your shoulder.
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Also: In case of theft or loss of your device, have your SIM card and mobile banking access blocked immediately.

after your holiday

Back-up your hol­iday snaps

Smart­phones and tablets don’t last for­ever - due to tech­nical defects, water damage or theft, you could quickly end up losing your valu­able photos and doc­u­ments. Reg­u­larly back up your data, espe­cially after your holidays.
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Check bank state­ments, credit card and sub­scrip­tion bills

To make sure no-one has mis­used your bank account, credit card or mobile sub­scrip­tion while you were away, check all rel­e­vant bank state­ments and bills.
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Basic course

Find out about cur­rent Internet threats and some easy pro­tec­tive mea­sures, and how to securely use e-banking.

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Online course mobile banking/payments

Find out about mobile banking, mobile pay­ments and how to securely use these apps.

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Online course for the under-30s

Learn how to use your smart­phone securely. Next to basics, we will show you what you should know about social media, clouds, mobile banking and mobile payments.

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Course for SMEs

Is your organ­i­sa­tion suf­fi­ciently secure? Learn which mea­sures you can take to sig­nif­i­cantly strengthen your organisation’s IT security.

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