July 05, 2023
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant part of the business world has embraced hybrid and remote work, leading to a blurred boundary between work and personal life. According to recent surveys, 26% of U.S. employees worked remotely in 2022, and an Upwork study found that by 2025, there could be as many as 36.2 million Americans working remotely.
Many workers find it challenging to navigate the demands of remote work, which poses a challenge in separating work life from personal life, even during vacation or leisure time. A study indicates that 54% of the professionals surveyed were unable to fully disconnect while on paid time off (PTO).
In North America, summer is a time when more people are traveling. Many workers will seek to relax but continue working. It is crucial to keep personal and professional data security top of mind as people head out on vacation.
Key Elements to Protect Data During Travel Season
Business owners, managers, and all employees can contribute to maintaining a secure work environment before and during vacations. This article outlines three main areas of opportunity and best practices for doing so.
Proper Organization of Workspaces and Confidential Information
Before embarking on your trip, prioritize mobile data, computer protection, and other physical document security measures. Even though you may be taking a holiday, it is important to remember that thieves do not take breaks. Confidential data is potentially more vulnerable during this time since people tend to let their guards down. Those taking a vacation this summer can help keep confidential information secure by doing the following:
Keep Work Documents Safe and Secure
Taking work everywhere has become a common practice, with nearly 70% of people working while on vacation. A study conducted by Passport Photo Online revealed that 68% of individuals use their smartphones for work while traveling, leading to difficulties in recharging and relaxing for 62% of respondents. Therefore, it is crucial to consider the following:
Take Care of Travel Documents
When traveling to another country, it is required to carry all essential travel and health documents that contain private information, such as passports, travel visas, and national ID cards. Information contained in these documents is confidential, which is something most people are unaware of. For instance, the barcode on boarding passes holds details about your travel itinerary and frequent flyer information. Passports are also a prime target for theft, with millions reported lost or stolen worldwide each year. Here are key measures to safeguard your data:
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