- This data is extracted through a survey carried out by S2 Grupo from its Hijosdigitales.es blog on cybersecurity and holidays. Along with this, almost 29% claim to use public Wi-Fi and, of these, 30% use this type of connection to perform any type of online operation.
- S2 Grupo has detected an improvement in users’ awareness regarding the cyber-secure use of technology, but insists on the importance of continuing to work in this area in order to avoid becoming victims of cybercriminals.
- The S2 Grupo malware laboratory has developed a decalogue with recommendations for a cyber-secure holiday.
Valencia, July 29, 2019.- Due to the increased use of connected devices and social networks during the summer, S2 Grupo has conducted a survey through its blog Hijosdigitales.es about cybersecurity and holidays. According to the results, 21.5% of users love to share their travel activities on their social networks in real time.
The cybersecurity company has warned that this type of action can put at risk these people, who, without knowing it, may be giving very useful information to criminals about when their house is empty or not, for example.
The survey carried out in Hijosdigitales.es also shows that 71.3% say they do not use public Wi-Fi, while 28.7% say they take advantage of the network of airports, hotels or restaurants to be connected.
Among the people who use the public Wi-Fi, 30% claim to make any type of online operation from this type of connection such as online reservations, access to bank data, etc. . In this sense, 39.9% say they consult only social networks and websites and 30% only websites.
“Through this survey we perceive an improvement in the habits of citizens in the cyber-secure use of technology. However, it is essential to continue raising awareness in this area to avoid falling into the networks of cybercriminals who increasingly develop new strategies to achieve their goal”, explained José Rosell, managing-partner of S2 Grupo.
“When we use a public network we must be aware that it is an open space for everyone and, therefore, we should use our devices with great caution. Consulting relevant information that involves the use of personal data, passwords or bank details, for example, can put us in a really compromised situation before thieves who act in cyberspace”, said Miguel A. Juan, managing-partner of S2 Grupo.
Decalogue for a cyber-secure holiday
So that this summer we can enjoy the technology without putting ourselves at risk, the S2 Grupo Malware Laboratory has developed a decalogue with recommendations for cyber-secure holidays:
- Reinforce the security of our technological devices. It is advisable to install protective measures to prevent data theft. For example, a complex unlock key can be used. Any device has these capabilities and although they are not usually used, holidays are a good time to do so. In addition, it is advisable to install an application that facilitates recovery in case of theft or loss. Most manufacturers have these types of applications that allow, in addition to locating it, erasing data remotely and doing many other actions.
- Be careful when installing tourist applications. It is possible that some of the sites we visit in summer have smartphone applications with tourist information of the area. It is important to be aware because sometimes these apps are not official but have been developed by third parties and incorporate advertising or require the download of third-party applications. Before installing it, you must review the permissions and watch for those that may be suspicious such as sending SMS messages.
- Avoid public Wi-Fis, even if they have a password. A temptation to save the cost of megabytes is to use the Wi-Fi connection of hotels, cafes, restaurants, etc. However, that may expose our communications to malicious third parties because the devices in these public places can be controlled by criminals without us being aware.
- Be careful with what we publish in Social Networks. Any information we publish in these environments is in the public domain and exposes us and any other person in the photo.
- Do not notify of holidays on Social Networks and be careful with geo-positioning. Commenting on Facebook or Twitter that we are on vacation visiting a certain place, publishing photos geo-positioned are a priori “innocent” actions that can lead to serious dangers like giving the necessary information to possible criminals that our house is empty. If we previously broadcast photos at home with location they will have perfectly located a possible scenario where to steal with tranquility.