Bye-bye embargo, hello Cuba! Yes, your dream trip is here & it’s time to head to the airport. While you are probably more interested in packing for tiki drinks & sandy beach chairs, you should also be thinking about your digital privacy. Why?

Because when you travel internationally, your private data are often much more at risk of being compromised than at home.
How secure are you? Take this quiz to find out.
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You've made it through security and found a prime seat at a coffee shop – time to get online. Do you know how to lessen your risk when using public wifi? *


 
Did you know that even if a public network is password-protected, anyone else with that password might be able to read your Internet traffic? As you are sipping your almond milk latte and surfing for the best local food, take precautionary measures: use a VPN to secure your connection, and (most importantly) limit the type of business you
 conduct to avoid risking sensitive information. Specifically, avoid shopping or banking on public wifi.

 
Yup, your phone is almost dead. Why does this always happen at airports... Eureka! 

A USB charging station – do you plug-in your phone? *


 
USB charging stations are capable of downloading your smartphone's data without your consent.

Your devices are configured to transfer data or sync as soon as they're plugged directly into USB ports. Take home message: plug in your phone into your own charger instead of using USB ports!

 
Now, it’s time to do that last check of your work email before signing off. Do you enter your password individually for this (and every) site you visit, or do you use a password manager? *


 
Trying to remember a multitude of different (secure) passwords can be really tough. A password manager can do all of that for you by helping create long, tough-to-memorize (but tough-to-crack) passwords and storing them safely. So as you navigate to different websites, all you have to do is remember one password – and your password manager will do the rest, so you can occupy your mind with remembering that drink recipe to impress your friends with.

 
You better check your bank account before heading out. Do you use a two-step login for your online banking account? *


 
Two-step logins are a security measure that require you to enter a one-time code in addition to your password. This code can be received via text message, a standalone token, or an app on your phone. Consider it another (necessary) safeguard to prevent the horror story of identity theft while you’re enjoying beachside living in a hammock.

 
Sweet! You’ve got money. Time to upgrade that hotel room from economy to luxury – do you know what the green lock in your browser URL address bar means? *


 
HTTPS encrypts your data as it travels to and from the website you're visiting to ensure it remains private, while checking to make sure that no one altered the data along the way. Look for the green lock to ensure HTTPS is enabled for each website you visit.

 
OK, what restaurants, museums, and bars are you going to visit? Time to fire up the searches. Do you use a VPN, Tor, or some other sort of tool to mask your internet traffic? *


 
Tools like VPNs and/or Tor help mask your identity by routing your traffic through multiple computers. This makes it hard to trace your connection, and helps protect your privacy.

 
Ugh, that pesky prompt is there again. Did you take the time to update your computer's software before the trip? *


 
Software updates are as important as locking your car doors. Just like an unlocked car can be broken into, so can an un-updated computer.

However, unlike the physical world, cybercriminals can "jiggle the handle" on thousands of computers per second, looking for that one unlocked door... Don’t ignore that pesky prompt next time and be sure to keep your software updated!

 
It’s almost time to board, and right on cue, Mom texts. When you go to respond, do you have to enter a passcode or scan your fingerprint to unlock your phone? *


 
You may have an urge to respond to Mom without a second delay, but take that extra step and set up password protection on your electronic devices. Encrypted and/or password-protected devices ensure your information is secure, even if your device gets lost (or worse yet, stolen).

 
That’s your flight being called – time to power down... and of course, your laptop freezes. ARGH. Is your data backed up somewhere other than on your physical computer? (Like an external USB drive) *


 
While you can always rely on the government to have your data backed up somewhere (chuckle), they might not give you a copy - so you should back your data up on external devices to avoid losing all those amazing photos of Caribbean sunsets you’re dreaming of taking.

 
After a nice snooze, you finally land in Havana – and it’s time to go through customs. Is your laptop personalized with stickers, screen covers, or other decorations? *


 
It may seem silly, but did you know that laptop stickers enhance your privacy? For example: if your laptop is taken for inspection at customs, stickers make it difficult for someone to transfer your information to a new computer and give you back a familiar – but different – laptop infested with malware.

 
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You got {{var_score}} out of 10 correct: 
You are elite (l33t)!

You are safe to be at any airport or coffee shop of your choice. Fly to your dream destination and keep up the good opsec (“operational security”)!
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You got {{var_score}} out of 10 correct:
You are a Skiddie "Script Kiddie" (5k1dd13)!

You've taken some important steps to protect your digital privacy, but you are not fully committed to the cause yet. If you want to be carefree on your next trip, have a look at CDT's Privacy Tips and take more precautionary measures with your online activities.
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You got {{var_score}} out of 10 correct:
You are a NEWBIE (n00b)!

Any tech geek could hack into your devices. You have to step up your digital security game! Have a look at CDT’s Privacy Tips and reconsider your online practices, so you can share those travel photos and sensitive personal information with individuals you intend to share them with.
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