Most of us have pledged to unplug while on a vacation—a “digital detox”—only to back-pedal on that promise at the onset. Staying connected, however, can expose travelers to more than a less-than-relaxing excursion.
Security risks are high for vacationers, according to the experts at Intel Security. They are especially vulnerable because they are less inclined to be vigilant while on vacation.
Intel Security’s experts recommend vacationers remain on alert for thieves targeting smartphones, as well as to secure devices that may otherwise give cyber criminals access to personal data.
To lessen the impact should your phone be stolen, back it up before you travel, and set up a password or PIN code for added protection, the Intel Security experts suggest.
Avoid posting information about your vacation on social media before and during the trip. This is type of information can give thieves and cyber criminals the green light to burglarize your home and/or attack your devices.
While on vacation, avoid using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Connecting to an unprotected network could inadvertently give cyber criminals access to your data, including private work-related files you may be viewing while traveling.
Do not unplug, however, when it comes to your finances, Intel Security experts advise. Monitor your accounts for suspicious activity. If you believe you have been victimized by a cyber criminal, take action immediately to recover any losses.
Source: Intel Security