10 riskiest holiday destinations for cyber-security, as well as top tips on how to stay safe online whilst on holiday, see below.
- US 5 million mobile threats
- UK 2 million mobile threats
- Spain 1.7 million mobile threats
- France 700k mobile threats
- Poland 475k mobile threats
- Canada 400k mobile threats
- Italy 400k mobile threats
- Portugal 375k mobile threats
- The Netherlands 320k mobile threats
- Greece 75k mobile threats
In layman’s terms, mobile threats means the amount of times someones phone and online data has been hacked into and stolen.
Top tips on how to stay safe abroad:
- Double check to be sure all of your apps are password protected with fresh, new passwords, ideally stored in your password management system so you don’t have to remember any of them. When doing this, use two-factor authentication if possible, which most devices have today. Make the passwords eight characters or longer with a combination of nonsensical letters, numbers, and symbols. And don’t use the same PIN for hotel room safes that you use for your device password.
- At all cost, avoid using “public” digital devices, such as those at coffee houses, libraries, and bookstores. They are often notoriously riddled with malware lurking to steal your information. If you use them, you should presume that someone other than you would see any information you enter
- Be very careful about connecting to any Wi-Fi network if you haven’t subscribed to a global service previously, per the tip above. These are prime milieus for cyber thieves.
- Don’t charge your devices using anything other than your own chargers plugged directly into the wall or into your adapter. It is easy for cyber thieves to install malware onto hotel and other public docking stations. And never connect any USB drive or other removable media that you don’t personally own. Again, they are easy to load with malicious software.