Protecting your privacy, data, and communications while traveling and working from various places around the world means that you have to have the right software to protect yourself from identity theft, hackers, and malicious software. There are plenty of security programs that can help you meet these goals and we’ve broken down our favorites below.
This list of software uses strong encryption algorithms, is portable, and the security tips below will help you surf safe from Internet cafes.
Probably the most important piece of security advice for any digital nomad, before any software, is to physically protect your laptop, disks, and other electronics from theft or unauthorized access.
- TrueCrypt - This free program secures all of the data on your laptop by encrypt the entire hard drive. All of the encryption is done on the fly and all you need to do is enter an extra password when you boot up. TrueCrypt can also encrypt removable drives like USB stick and hide files so they aren’t obvious to snooping eyes.
- Avast! Anti-Virus - The home edition of this fully capable anti-virus program is free and does a thorough job of cleaning and preventing viruses and other malicious software from making its way on to your computer.
- Password Safe - Don’t take the risk of writing down your passwords or forgetting them and wasting time resetting each one. Password Safe encrypts and stores all of your passwords in a single file on your computer. You can organize your passwords by account type and name to make it easy to find each one.
- Tor - When working from or traveling in places where browsing certain things might get you in trouble activate Tor on your machine. Tor doesn’t encrypt any data you send, but it hides it so it can’t be traced back to you. Effectively you’ll be surfing the Internet anonymously.
Additional Security Tips
- Don’t trust or ever connect you computer-to-computer networks that you might find at airports, bus stations, and hotel rooms. These networks pass all of your wireless information to another computer and is an easy way to have your account numbers, passwords, and emails stolen.
- Consider creating a temporary email account to use when you’re not at your computer, searching for flights or hotel deals in UK, and never send work related emails from Internet cafes or other machines that you don’t manage.
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