An Intel Security survey has revealed that 36% of Indians share personal information online when travelling, putting them at one of the greatest risks of being defrauded. Unknown and unsecured Wi-Fi networks used to put up this data can easily be accessed by cyber criminals. Indians are foremost in the possibility of being duped by such crooks.
The ‘Digital Detox: Unplugging on a Vacation’ survey was conducted on 14000 people across 14 countries with an aim to understand consumer digital behavior when on a journey. The study brought to light that 54% of Indians do not wish to leave their smartphones behind when going on a vacation. A huge majority of this number connects to the internet on holiday, most of them through public Wi-Fi which is dangerous when dealing with private information.
Travelers are at the greatest threat of being deceived by cyber thieves who can gain access to personal data uploaded from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. This connectivity grants several points-of-access on devices from where the virtual crooks collect intelligence. Social activity is also tracked from these sources, enabling a guaranteed hit for criminals to take advantage.
There are several methods of protecting sensitive data from being used against oneself. Primary amongst them is the refusal to connect gadgets with any unknown Wi-Fi or Bluetooth source. If there is an absolute need to hook up to the internet, it is better to employ a secure link before carrying out any processes.
Using good software and strong passwords goes a long way in protecting devices. Backing up data in your private setup at home is a good idea before taking your gadgets on a journey. It is best to have multiple authentication steps especially in monetary transactions when travelling. Lastly, be sure to turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and remove any prior connections done through public systems.