If you think that because you're on a summer vacation, you're safe from cyberhacks, then think again. While the prospect of travelling is tempting, summer is also a favorite season among cybercriminals. And why wouldn't it be? It's the time where people are more carefree, tend to leave their worries behind, and are easily distracted - perfect recipe for potential victims ripe for the picking.
A statement regarding Intel Security's "Digital Detox: Unplugging on Summer Vacation" study, Gary Davis, the company's chief consumer security evangelist said, "People are quick to use devices on vacation to access sensitive information without considering the potential risk. As a result, it's crucial to impart digital habits to help consumers stay more secure when travelling."
And how right he is too as travellers tend to use unfamiliar wireless connection to login to their social media accounts and because they're not at home, they access these (and more) through their unsecured laptops, smartphones and wearable techs.
Make sure to add protecting your information to your travel checklist and get into the habit of doing these travel security tips that Intel shared:
Watch what you share
We all love sharing our travels with family and friends on social media, but it's important to not indicate publicly where or when you'll be going, Intel warns. Wait until you're home to post about it, otherwise yoiu risk thieves breaking and entering when they know your home will be vacant. Make sure that your Geo-tagging if it's normally enabled should be turned off too.
Limit Wi-Fi and Bluetooth use
Data can be expensive but logging into Wi-Fi, especially a public one abroad, can be a recipe for disaster, Intel says, potentially exposing your personal information to cybercriminals. Exchanging payment information can be especially risky.
Monitor your accounts
Keep an eye out for suspicious social media messages, emails, or online banking activity.
Erase your login history
Update your passwords, make sure your mobile browsers can't remember them, and remove networks from your Bluetooth ad Wi-Fi history. Intel says that if you aren't meticulous about monitoring your activity, a criminal could have access to your accountsd for quite some time before you notice.
Be mindful of your surroundings
Too often travellers make themselves easy to spot, whether it's by studying their phone for directions or taking a selfie in front of a local landmark - and it's when they're at their most edistracted that crimninals will take advantage, Intel says, making it important to blend in whenever possible.
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