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Cybersecurity Tips for Summer Travel

By July 5, 2022January 10th, 2024No Comments
Summer travel is heating up, which means travellers must be cautious about the security of their electronics, such as laptops, phones, and tablets.

With many Canadians planning vacations, cybersecurity should be a top priority.  Check out some advice on how to prevent being hacked and giving up important personal information to identity thieves.ROADTRIP (1)

Public Wifi Connections

While many airports have free Wi-Fi access, make sure you connect to the actual airport network rather than a similar network that is set up to deceive travellers into handing up their usernames and passwords.
Be wary of phoney networks with plausible names like Starbucks Guest WiFi. These networks look to be legitimate, but they can be exploited to steal login credentials, passwords, and other personal data.
To steer clear of wifi threats, make sure that your device settings do not automatically connect to nearby networks. 
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Travellers rely on power outlets and USB connections to keep their mobile device’s battery charged while on the go. Attackers can take advantage of USB chargers by installing malware on them, infecting your gadget the moment you put it in.  This is why you must be mindful of your surroundings at all times.

Turn down offers of USB charging gadgets and bring your own wires. Also, avoid using USB ports and instead plug your device directly into an outlet.


SMS and Email Travel Updates

It is crucial to be on the lookout for travel-related email, text, and social media frauds, through phishing campaigns posing as an airline, credit card firm, or TSA, attackers may attempt to acquire a traveller’s credentials.

A fraudster will send a message informing the receiver that their TSA PreCheck is due for renewal, but the link in the renewal email will take the victim to a bogus website where hackers will accept payment and steal personal information.

For information on existing accounts, the best advice is to always go to the official TSA website.


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