With the issue of cyber security threatening to be the prominent criminal danger of our times, keeping your computer safe from malware and other cyber threats is as important as ever. And as traders, you've more to lose than most if your trading computer is infected or compromised in any way.
While those who work in city offices or large financial institutions will likely have a dedicated department looking after the safety of their tech, those traders who work from home, or who regularly travel abroad, should be particularly vigilant.
With that in mind, Keeper Security recently released the top 10 riskiest travel destinations in the world for cyber-security, and those regularly working in the UK or the USA might want to pay close attention.
In the table below, "mobile threats" relates to the amount of times someone's phone and online data has been hacked into and stolen.
- USA - 5m mobile threats
- UK - 2m mobile threats
- Spain - 1.7m mobile threats
- France - 700k mobile threats
- Poland - 475k mobile threats
- Canada - 400k mobile threats
- Italy - 400k mobile threats
- Portugal - 375k mobile threats
- The Netherlands - 320k mobile threats
- Greece - 75k mobile threats
Thankfully, they also provided some top tips on how to stay safe online whilst working abroad or away from the office:
Password-protect all apps
Double check to be sure all of your apps are password protected with fresh, new passwords, ideally stored in your password management system so you don’t have to remember any of them. When doing this, use two-factor authentication if possible, which most devices have today.
Make passwords strong
Make the passwords eight characters or longer with a combination of nonsensical letters, numbers, and symbols. And don’t use the same PIN for hotel room safes that you use for your device password.
Avoid using free public wifi
At all cost, avoid using “public” digital devices, such as those at coffee houses, libraries, and bookstores. They are often notoriously riddled with malware lurking to steal your information. If you use them, you should presume that someone other than you would see any information you enter.
Be very careful with your network connection
Be very careful about connecting to any wifi network if you haven’t subscribed to a global service previously, per the tip above. These are prime milieus for cyber thieves.
Use only your own chargers
Don’t charge your devices using anything other than your own chargers plugged directly into the wall or into your adapter. It is easy for cyber thieves to install malware onto hotel and other public docking stations. And never connect any USB drive or other removable media that you don’t personally own. Again, they are easy to load with malicious software.