Announcement of 07. July 2016

G DATA summer survey: 80 percent go online on holiday

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.”

Holidaymakers should observe the following before going away:

  • Booking: Caution is advised even when planning a trip. Holiday portals are a popular target for phishing attacks. Only book through recognised travel portals and use a security solution that offers protection when surfing as well.
  • Software: Security software is generally a good option to put obstacles in the way of the cyber criminals. On holiday, it also helps to locate a lost or stolen device and, if possible, get wise to the perpetrators’ activities. Sensitive data can easily be deleted remotely from a smartphone tablet or laptop using special security solutions.
  • Updates: Bringing software fully up-to-date is as important as packing your bags. Potential security holes are closed by the updates and devices made ready for the holiday.
  • Backups: It is even more secure if critical data is not taken on holiday in the first place. Regular backups are important -  whether it is to an external storage medium like a hard disk – or having data automatically saved to the Cloud by the security software.

When on holiday, look out for the following:

  • Wifi hotspots: More and more hotels and cafés offer free wifi. This is useful but risky as well. Criminals can easily read others’ emails or spy on critical data such as credit card details or passwords via such a networks. Important tip: Perform online banking transactions and do online shopping either before or after travelling.
  • Internet cafés: You cannot get a clear picture of the security settings or a possible malware infection on third party computers. You should not log into sensitive accounts on PCs in Internet cafés or hotel lobbies and, where possible, surf in the browser’s private or incognito mode, where no data is stored. After the session, log out of all accounts again and delete the surfing history.
  • Social networks: Use caution with public postings about holidays in social networks. Criminals use such data to create a map on which unoccupied properties are marked. For this reason, the best holiday memories should only be uploaded to Facebook and the like on your return, or sent privately to friends and family.
  • Disable wireless networks: Bluetooth and wifi functions should be switched off when they are not needed as they leave a device open to attack.

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Announcement of 07. July 2016

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