As the summer travel season kicks off and excited families plan trips and getaways, the opportunity for identity theft and data breaches begins to increase.
Unfortunately, scammers and identity thieves often consider tourists, who are often distracted by busy travel plans and new sights and sounds to be easy targets.
Even perks like airline miles and credit card points are targeted by cyberthieves and can be stolen without the rewards-holder even knowing.
Did you know?
27% of consumers have stopped using public Wi-Fi to protect their online privacy.
When you’re busy and on-the-go, it can be easy to let your guard down - and hackers know it, as 85% of data breaches involve a human element.
The free (unsecured) Wi-Fi in your hotel can expose your sensitive data to cyberthieves.
Another thing to be aware of while travelling through airports this summer, en route to exciting travel destinations, many will need a charge on their phone while passing through.
But did you know that hackers can use these ports to put malware and other monitoring software on cell phones and other devices? In fact, the FCC in the US has warned travellers about "juice jacking" at public USB charging stations, and says people should be aware that cyber criminals use public Wi-Fi networks to target travellers. Not to mention, the FBI in Denver, Colorado recently tweeted about this type of cybercrime, warning not to use the free charging stations, and to carry a charger and USB cord that can be plugged into an electrical outlet.
How can you protect your devices securely, and enjoy their vacation without having to worry about whether their private information is exposed to hackers?
Be alert to the points mentioned above, but also make sure you have a security package from a well-known reputable Antivirus and security company.
Norton 360 provides powerful layers of protection for your customers’ devices and online privacy against cyberthreats—all in a single solution. And when traveling, and connecting to Wi-Fi, your customers’ online privacy has protection with bank-grade encryption from the Secure VPN.
Give yourself a real holiday without the worry of any personal security breaches and enjoy!
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