As a meeting professional your life is constantly on-the-go: meeting clients all day at different locations, traveling in your car, attending meetings and conferences, and sitting at local coffee shops or restaurants. As someone who is always traveling, the Internet is what keeps us in sync with everything that is going on in our lives. We e-mail, research information, look up addresses, record data etc., the list goes on and on. The dangerous reality about the Internet is that your information can always be at risk, unless you take some precautionary actions to protect yourself from hackers. These days’ hackers have one main goal: theft of identity for a financial gain. They will go to extreme measures to compromise what we believe to be safe and secure.

Everyday people are at most risk. Hackers view these people as the easiest targets because their information is easily accessed and more often than not, they will lack adequate protection and security while accessing their private information. Using extreme caution is your best defense. Here are a few ways you can protect yourself and your event attendees from becoming a statistic of cybercrime.

1. Use a Virtual Private Network(VPN). This is a method used to add extra security to private and public networks such as WiFi Hotspots and the Internet to protect sensitive data. It is also crucial that you disconnect immediately from the VPN and erase any connectivity you had with the cyber world.
2. If possible, use 2 Factor Authentication (2FA). 2FA is a method that uses a combination of two different components to authenticate a user’s identity. The user must know both components in order to access the information. If only one is able to be supplied, identity is not verified and therefore access will not be granted.
3. Using HTTPS is always a safe choice. HTTPS provides authentication of the website and web server that you are communicating with. It also protects against middle man attacks and tampering with contents.
4. Install anti-virus and/or firewall software. Here are links with the top rated computer and mobile protection software.
5. Routinely change your passwords and use a combination of numbers and symbols. Don’t share your usernames or passwords with anyone. The more people that have access to private information, the more vulnerable your information becomes.

Following these guidelines will create safe and easy Internet usage the next time you attend an event, meeting, conference, or while you are traveling. For the latest news about what is happening in the cyber world and other tips and tricks about how to protect yourself and your event attendees, visit

Posted on July 24, 2015 in Blog

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