Preventing Mobile Disasters While Traveling
Airport travel can be stressful. Between delayed flights, long lines at security, and cramped seating, the last thing you need to worry about is your mobile privacy. Unfortunately, traveling can increase the risk of a number of different "mobile disasters." Here are a few worst-case scenarios and how you can avoid them:
No Service When You Need It
Even though your phone needs to be off when you're in the air, you likely rely on it when you're on solid ground at the airport. You need your device to alert those you're visiting to any delays or changes in your flight, or you may need it to get a hold of a taxi or hotel when you finally reach your destination. For this reason, it's absolutely imperative that you have a fully charged device - though this is easier said than done. One way to prevent losing your juice is to only have the phone engaged when you're using it. Otherwise, put it on "airplane mode" - the name is no coincidence. It may be wise to bring along a power strip when you're traveling. This way, you'll be able to convince anyone hogging the outlets at your terminal to let you squeeze in.
Prying Eyes Stealing Your Data
From security to the terminal to your seat itself, you must be on the lookout for prying eyes. Smart phones today have large screens, and while this may feel like a luxury to you, it puts you at risk of having nosy neighbors see you enter passwords and information that could put you at risk. Before you pull out your phone to do some online banking, take a look around to make sure your seat-mate's eyes are averted. If possible, avoid using your mobile device for sensitive matters until you've arrived at your destination.
You must also be on the lookout for thieves who may be using airports as hunting grounds. People who are traveling are often focused on matters other than what's on their person, making it easy for pickpockets to nab your device. Once they have it, they'll easily be able to compromise your mobile identity, so stay vigilant.
Lost in Transit
When you're moving through an airport, you have to keep track of your boarding pass, your passport or identification, and all of your belongings. This can be difficult, especially if you're bringing along lots of electronics. You may be required to remove your laptop, cell phone, tablet and e-reader when you go through security, so you can save yourself time and hassle by storing all of these devices in one easy-to-access place. A big electronics bag will serve you well as a carry-on, or you can keep all of your devices in a big plastic bag inside your backpack or small rolling bag.
Traveling is enough of a hassle without mobile security headaches. These tips will help you make sure your mobile device makes it from your departure city to your destination, no matter what chaos you encounter while in transit.