How to Build Your Digital Nomad Cyber Capacity

by | Oct 12, 2021 | Cybersecurity, Digital nomads

As a digital nomad, you have fought hard for a lifestyle where you can live where you want, work when you want, and move on when you want. One thing remains true wherever digital nomads may choose to lay down their laptops and mobile phones: They are at a higher cybersecurity risk than a traditional remote worker. This Cyber Capacity Guide for Digital Nomads will help reduce the cyber risk posed to the on-the-road lifestyle.

So what risks should they look out for? Public WiFi, identity theft, and device theft without a doubt present the core threats for digital nomads. Building your digital nomad cyber capacity will strengthen your resilience, so you can enjoy the newly adopted lifestyle.

Secure your Nomad Lifestyle with a Cyber Capacity Strategy

​In cybersecurity, the human is the weakest link. Being aware of this fact, you’ll need to do everything you can to safeguard your digital assets. That’s why it’s imperative that you develop strategies for managing personal online information. Keep it secure from online risks such as identity thieves. You’ll also want to develop enough cyber self-awareness to become resilient to attacks or data breaches.

Remember that at the end of the day, your nomadic digital identity is dependent on you, your interactions, and your brand. This includes how your data and privacy strategies function with regards to customers as well as your day-to-day behaviour.

But what is digital nomad cyber capacity and why is it important to your business? What are some behaviours that will improve your cyber capacity while also strengthening your brand and digital identity? This Cyber Capacity Guide for Digital Nomads will help reduce the cyber risk posed to the on-the-road lifestyle. Cyber capacity entails the following components:​

Core components of cyber capacity

A Nomad’s First Steps to Essential Cyber Capacity

Obviously, you’re not a big enterprise, so you don’t have the challenge of aligning the mindset of an entire organisation. But as a Brand of One, you are responsible for every single interaction between you and your clients, so you should be extra cautious about your online behaviour in your remote as you travel through airports and hotels throughout the world. Start tackling the core threats today.

Public WiFi

When travelling in different public places, such as airports, hotel rooms, or working in a co-working space or cafe, you may have to use public Wi-Fi. For certain, public WiFi options—including WiFi provided by hotels, cafes, and airports—pose the risk of not being secure. As a digital nomad, it is crucial to keep your web traffic hidden behind a virtual private network (VPN). A quality VPN app is simple to set up on your mobile devices.
Make sure your VPN isn’t leaking data, or your IP could be exposed and your data leaked (which is why you have a VPN in the first place). A list of recommended VPNs you find here.

Identity Theft

Identity theft will destroy your digital nomad lifestyle instantly. Using strong passwords prevents you from:

  • Getting locked out of your accounts (e.g. email accounts, online games, bank accounts, credit card accounts, online forums, social networking sites, and every other password- protected corner of the Internet), and as a result
  • Becoming a victim of identity theft.

A password manager eliminates the need to remember a long list of unique passwords. You can keep all of your passwords in a special, encrypted programme called a password manager. A list of recommended password managers you find here.

Device Theft

Storing your devices in a safe place requires some extra effort: every time you leave the room you need to put your devices in the safest possible place, whether it’s the safe in the hotel room, the specially designed locker in the hostel or with people you trust – but make sure you really trust them!

Never leave your bag or computer unattended. If you’re working in a cafe or a co-working place, take your equipment with you. Rest assured, you’re not being paranoid; you’re being practical and saving yourself from a lot of potential trouble, financial loss and embarrassment. Despite the temptation, never ask a stranger to watch your stuff while you go to the bathroom. This provides you with zero protection against theft.

Get Started Now

Start with these steps and consider adding more to your digital literacy as you carry on traveling. The Cyberconnecting Blog covers more topics related to nomad cyber capacity. For a more strategic approach, check out the Cyberpower Academy and get started with its free resources. Remember, it is vital that your customers are able to trust you with their data and information.

Start building your cyber capacity and digital trust today by signing up to our upcoming webinar ‘How to Safeguard Your Digital Assets’ on November 03, 2021.

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About the author:  Priya E. Abraham

Priya E. Abraham is the founder of Cyberconnecting and author of ‘Your Cyberpower. How to Safeguard Your Remote Business’. She is a coach, digital transformation strategist and privacy advisor. Priya brings 20+ years of experience in global business across industries, working with established enterprises and start-ups. In addition to holding a PhD in Business Anthropology and an MBA, she is an accredited Data Protection Officer. Priya has lived and worked in Europe, Russia, the U.S. and MENA. Her experience in all things remote is brought to life in her products and services.

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