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July 20, 2015

Safeguard your Lumia and data while traveling

Whether you often jet from one exotic locale to another or travel only once or twice a year, use these tips to keep your Lumia and your data safe on the road.


Keeping your devices and personal and financial information safe is always important, but perhaps even more so when traveling to a foreign city or country. Precautions you should take include notifying your credit-card provider (if traveling abroad) and asking the post office to hold your mail until you return.

Likewise, before you pack your bags, here are some tips (apart from the obvious one of keeping an eye on your Lumia) to make sure you phone and other mobile devices are safe and that your private information remains private.

Secure all your devices with a password or PIN. Also, enable your Lumia’s “lock screen” feature (under Settings) to password-protect your mobile to prevent unauthorized user access.

Back up your Lumia and other devices, such as the Microsoft Surface 3 and ensure that your devices’ software are up to date.

Store important documents on OneDrive so you can access your files from a borrowed computer in case you lose your mobile device.

Activate the “find my phone” feature (under Settings) on your Lumia to lock or remotely delete your data if you lose your mobile.

Set up a virtual private network (VPN) for added protection to surf the Web, send confidential emails, or conduct financial transactions on the go. If you don’t have a VPN, browse websites with an URL starting with HTTPS instead of HTTP.

You can also use the “inprivate browsing” feature in the Internet Explorer app. Just tap the Tabs button on the left of the address bar, then tap the three dots (…), and finally tap “new inprivate tab.”

Limit the number of devices you take with you. If you’re taking your Lumia or Microsoft Surface, then you probably don’t need your laptop.

Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use. This prevents you from accidentally connecting to a potentially harmful network.

Avoid using public computers, even when you are running out of battery power. Check out the latest Microsoft portable charger that can charge two devices at one go.

Avoid using public wireless hotspots. If you must use one, don’t input sensitive information or passwords, conduct financial transactions, or connect to your business network.

And for those of you who use Office 365 on your Lumia, here’s how you can add multi-factor authentication for Office 365 to keep your files secure.

How do you keep your Lumia secure when traveling?