Mobile devices are the most popular travel companions – but security falls by the wayside.
Summer, sun and security – whether it’s on the beach or in the mountains, holidaymakers also want online access when travelling. For this reason, 74 percent take a smartphone on holiday with them. 31 percent prefer a tablet. This was the result of a G DATA summer survey of 1,000 internet users. Only one in five travellers packs a notebook. But how do holidaymakers get online? 69 percent of travellers log on in public, unprotected Wifi networks in hotels, airports or restaurants. 21 percent use Internet cafés and computer terminals. It is an invitation for data theft. But: all personal data – not just passwords – is at risk. G DATA advises properly securing digital companions before setting off and is providing important travel tips so you can enjoy your holiday.
Sending a selfie on the beach or a photo of a meal, or quickly checking the local weather is easy online rather than offline during the best time of the year. Wifi is often a standard facility in hotels, hostels or other forms of holiday accommodation. Many cafés, bars and restaurants are using free Internet access to lure people in as well. This enables people to stay in touch with friends and family when travelling. Yet, many mobile devices are poorly protected which makes them an easy target for cyber criminals.
“Popular targets are free hotspots at airports or in hotels. Such access points are rarely secured adequately, so criminals can easily read the data traffic and spy on credit card information, passwords and other personal data. This is turned into cash in special underground forums or misused for other criminal activities. For this reason, tourists should avoid online banking and shopping at all costs,” advises G DATA security evangelist Tim Berghoff. The expert offers another tip for social networks. “Holiday photos should not be posted publicly on Facebook and other portals but uploaded at a later date, so burglars cannot work out from this that nobody is at your home.”