Don’t Put Your Digital Information At Risk While Traveling
In a survey by Morning Consult on behalf of IBM Security (posted at https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2019/05/24/travel-cyber-risks/) 70% of respondents said they put at least some effort into protecting their digital information while traveling. However, only 40% believed they would be targets for cybercrime, and 70% engage in high risk behavior.
According to the 2019 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, the transportation industry is now the second most attacked by cyber criminals, with 13% of observed attacks. 566 million records have been leaked or compromised in publicly reported data breaches since January 2018.
Business travelers are more likely to engage in risky behavior – connecting to public WiFi, using a public USB station to recharge a device, enabling auto-connect – than personal travelers.
Digital safety tips:
- Monitor loyalty reward programs for unusual activity.
- Use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication.
- Avoid public Wi-Fi where possible and use a VPN.
- Bring a backup battery instead of using USB ports.
- Turn off unneeded connectivity.
- Shred travel tickets or tags after they’re used.
- Avoid unsafe ATMs or point of sale systems.