Travelling has never been more affordable, convenient and easy with all the seat sales, travel blogs and apps. Thanks to the internet, booking and searching for information is within our fingertips.
Fortunately, electronic devices such as smartphones, phablets, laptops, and other gadgets can be used for searching all necessary information like how to get to a specific destination, where to eat or shop, what is the exchange rate, or what’s gonna be the weather like and that makes the most out of your travel without any hassle as it is constantly updated.
When we’re on the go, we normally want to have an internet connection to communicate or just to simply share an update. However, connecting to the internet with your gadgets, especially over public network services, expose you to risks.
Cybersecurity Threats of Traveling with Mobile Electronic Devices
As you travel using your internet-powered mobile devices, you expose yourself to the following risks:
Unsecured Wi-Fi networks
The fact that anyone can use public Wi-Fi networks in hotels, airports, or restaurants means they are also prone to being attacked by hackers, and that means cybercriminals can gain access into your communication devices.
Publicly shared computers
Shared computers found in hotel business centers, public libraries, or shopping facilities cannot be presumed safe either. There’s the possibility that they are not protected with antivirus software, and if you’re using your USB, your files are in danger of being corrupted.
Another risk of using public computers is that your browsing history may be visible to the next user and it can probably remember every detail you entered in any form while you were using it.
Fake hotspots or Bluetooth connections
Fake hotspots can be used by hackers to deceive you into connecting your device to a phony network. Similarly, Bluetooth connections may expose your username, password, credit card or bank information, and important personal data to other users.
Social engineering attacks
Sharing your activities on social media platforms or location via GPS can pave the way for unscrupulous individuals to use your information to their advantage. They may track your whereabouts and pretend to represent one of your service providers such as your hotel or car rental company to charge you on your credit card.
Physical theft of devices
When you’re out and about traveling, there’s a chance that you might leave behind or misplace your device, and it goes without saying that dishonest people and thieves are only waiting to snatch it away, as well as all the data stored in it.
Cybersecurity Tips for Travelers
Before you connect, check and think!