There are multiple factors to consider when traveling and in its own way, traveling comes with its own cyber risks to individuals. From being careless about online bookings to disregarding cyber security best practices. Cyber security expert and GoldPhish CEO, Dan Thornton, provides best practices on how travellers can take to protect themselves from becoming targets of cybercrime.
Your dream getaway can become pricey and the internet is filled with tempting deals and discounts. It is so easy to let your guard down. Thornton says: “Fraudsters certainly know that you are tempted by the hotel, flight, and car rental discounts, and they will often pose as travel agents and create seemingly legitimate-looking third-party websites.”
Cyber Savvy Tips
1. Avoid acting on travel discounts received via unsolicited emails.
2. Double-check that you are on a legitimate website before handing over money.
3. Beware of spelling, formatting, and other basic mistakes that could indicate a website is not a legitimate business.
4. A site’s security level can be legitimised by looking for an ‘https’, but this is not always the case.
5. Opt for credit card payments when booking online as they offer a layer of protection that debit cards and bank transfers do not.
6. If a flight or hotel offer seems too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.
Our reliance on technology has become so fundamental in our everyday lives, whether we are scrolling through social media at an Airbnb or attending to emails in an airport, there are dangers associated with public hotspots.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to protect your devices and data while on the move.
Enjoy your next getaway but always remember to be vigilant and tech savvy!
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