The holidays are the time of year to completely relax, enjoying the time off and rest from the daily grind. However, thieves and cyber criminals do not close for holidays, but this is a busy time for them. In the same way that Christmas, summer holidays are a perfect place to take dawdles when you might end up in a mobile stolen and often in online scams or attacks by hackers trying to steal our bank details. It is okay to relax, but the relaxation is not incompatible with taking precautions. If we care to keep all our ready devices, do not go into WiFi networks do not trust or do not open suspicious e can ensure that holidays much more enjoyable without any shock that might tarnish. Anyway, we will do a review of the most common hazards and major recommendations if you want to be calm this holiday.
Smartphones and tablets protected
No one is left in the mobile home for the holidays, as we did not leave the tablet and sometimes your computer. We all want to stay in touch with family and friends; you can check the news, check the status of our friends in social networks and also send publications ourselves. This makes electronic devices, candy for thieves, especially smartphones ever since we took over, but also tablets and other equipment.
The first danger we face is getting robbed mobile in our pockets, off a table while we eat or our backpack while we are bathing in the sea. Before the thief traditional solution is to keep track of the device at any time. However there are more precautions to prevent the thing go higher in case of failure to prevent theft. It is very important to install any anti-theft solution on our devices. There are platforms like iOS from Apple or Windows Phone offering this service as standard on their computers, but it must be activated.
Another security measure is the lock screen using a numeric code or any other system available. Different manufacturers offer options as varied, from said code, passwords with letters and numbers, patterns drawn on the screen, Face Unlock and now even fingerprint sensors. Not all methods are equally safe, but recommended any of them not to reveal all our data.
On the other hand we can suffer a theft of information remotely, i.e., via malicious applications or emails, to give two examples. The online attacks are in many cases more difficult to detect. In this case it is advisable not to install applications or open links from sites that are not trusted, but also install an antivirus. The antivirus programs block applications or malicious links, at the same while allowing us to scan the system for any suspicious program.
You care where you connect
Free WiFi networks are a gold mine for hackers more savvy. Public WiFi networks are insecure, especially those with names like “Free WiFi” or similar. There are hackers that exploit public places for bait and wait for someone pink on their devices to enter and try to steal information from our teams as passwords, contacts or also install software without our consent. If a hacker enters our smartphone is difficult to detect, so it is best to use your 3G network in the event that there is no WiFi available trusted.
Obviously there will be extremely further precautions when we go to make an online purchase or access our portal online banking. If you do a transaction of this type you should avoid public WiFi networks, but also computers in Internet cafes or public places. In If you log on to any service from a computer or device that is not ours, at the end you have to log out and make sure you have not set the option to save password.
Buy online vacation, yes, but with caution
Travel agents do not have much work since most of their customers opt for buying their online vacation. It’s quick, it’s easy and in most cases is much cheaper, all benefits provided that we take care of what Offers accept them and check the reliability of the seller. The holiday online scams are, unfortunately, very common and you have to be aware if you do not want to fall into one of them. The spam emails are the most common, where we are offered a bargain for a small price, but ultimately ends up being much more expensive and no vacation. G Data recently discovered a scam that offered a holiday in Turkey, for which only had to pay the fees of the flight, but just asking for more payments.
The safe in your hotel is not as safe as you think
We are on vacation and do not want to take all the money we save up Where? Typically dip into the safe, a service standard in most hotels. However the latest study by G Data reveals that these safes are very easy to open with different methods. Not all models are so insecure, but hoteliers tend to go for very basic systems that can be skipped with very little knowledge.
The first danger is that hoteliers do not alter the master code of the manufacturer, so you know anyone who can access the content. The lock can also be manipulated very easily by simply unscrewing a metal lid. But we must also be careful with the boxes closed using the credit card, because the magnetic strip can be copied via the reader. For all this I think twice before storing valuables in the safe in your hotel or apartment.