Security Awareness News - The Travel Issue

May 31st, 2020 by admin

User using a tablet in airplane

Long security lines. Crowded airports. Cramped airplanes. Tight connections. Traveling, whether for business or pleasure, blends a hectic mix of physical discomfort and emotional distress. It’s in these situations where security awareness becomes even more important. Imagine that you have a 90-minute layover in a busy airport. It’s just enough time to grab a quick meal and knock out some work. You find a seat at an overwhelmed café and open your work laptop.

But did you notice…

The person sitting behind you?

They can easily see your laptop screen. Known as “shoulder surfing,” any sensitive data on your screen will surely catch the eye of a social engineer.

That everyone else is using the same WiFi?

Connecting to public networks essentially makes anything you access on the network also public. Cybercriminals use public WiFi to steal information.

The person sitting next to you eavesdropping on your conversation?

Whenever you find yourself in a public setting, discretion is key. You wouldn't want someone overhearing your private conversation with a client or business associate.

The USB cable left on a public charging station?

Did you know that cybercriminals can not only infect USB devices—including cables—with malware (a tactic they call “juice jacking”), but they can also “leave behind” malware on public charging stations?


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