Digital Security Travel 'Hacks' You Need to Know

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Travel opens our eyes to new architecture, foods, cultures, and perspectives from around the world. Unfortunately, it also makes us more vulnerable to theft and hackers. While no one is 100 percent secure from digital attacks, there are some things everybody can do to help prevent their information from getting compromised while traveling. Check out our infographic to learn more about digital scams and how to protect yourself while traveling.

Knowing the most common hacking tactics is the first step to prevention. Because nearly every modern business uses digital systems, hackers only need Wi-Fi to access an unsecured system. With electronic payment outpacing cash payments, Point-of-Sale (PoS) system compromises are among the highest at 91 percent, due to the quick and easy access for hackers. Stolen passwords also rank high at 81 percent for easy hacking and data theft.

Tip: Use a secure internet connection. The best way to prevent your information from being accessible is to ensure you’re using a secure connection when accessing the internet. Check that the website is marked secure, that the address begins with https, and that you are not using a fake Wi-Fi hotspot. When in doubt, use your own secured hot spot to log on, and keep your personal info away from hackers.

In the digital age, no country is untouched by cybercrime so it’s smart to know best practices for keeping your information safe. North America and Russia have the highest percentages of reported identity thefts, with the United States the worst at nearly 800 million reported identities stolen. The best way to prevent digital identify theft is to prepare in advance.

Tip: Let your bank know about your travel plans. If anything outside your plans pops up, they will be alerted and you can mitigate any damage. Bring plenty of cash, especially to developing countries, to minimize the risk with spotty Internet. Use a credit card instead of a debit card because it’s easier to recover funds and credit cards have a safer record for international transactions. 

The ATM is a popular target because it provides criminals easy access to your private account information, like your PIN and card number. Some of the latest scams include an ATM skimmer, which is a device that reads your card data and is installed to look like part of the machine. Another trick is utilizing a hidden camera to capture your PIN or password keystrokes. 

Tip: Be proactive when using an ATM. Be aware of anything that looks suspicious or seems to not function properly at the ATM. Any reputable banking company will never ask you for your PIN or account information over the phone, and be especially aware if a person approaches you under the guise of help. 

Hackers and thieves are constantly searching for new ways to capture information so staying vigilant is the key to protecting your data. When traveling, it’s always smart to prepare in advance, use cash when possible, and be aware of your surroundings. Because a stolen identity and compromised finances is no vacation. 

To learn about how Envista Forensics uses digital forensics to deal with businesses who experience data loss, click here.

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