Pirate eyes on vacationers


High risk of cyber attack during summer vacation!

Pirate eyes on travelers!


The festive season has encouraged hackers. Cyber ​​attackers, who have taken advantage of the digitization of life in the process of the pandemic, are now targeting the holiday industry. Youssef Evmez, Regional Director of WatchGuard Turkey and Greece, who is drawing attention to the fact that hackers are eyeing travel organizations, airlines and individuals on vacation motivated by financial gain, relays cybersecurity measures that can be taken on vacation.

The hacking action, which has increased in the pandemic where digital activity is intense, continues more enthusiastically during the holiday period. So much so that with the end of the isolation period, hackers began to stare at the holiday tourism sector, where the intensity is dangerous. It is reported that airlines, travel organizations and individuals on vacation may be exposed to cyber-attacks, Youssef Efms, Director of WatchGuard in Turkey and Greece, confirms that it is possible to protect against hacker attacks through 5 cybersecurity measures that can be applied.

They access thousands of user data with a single transaction

Specifically prepared cybersecurity policies and procedures are very important for corporate-owned data. Hackers, looking for personally identifiable information, aim to gain access to more data by targeting businesses as well as individual cyber attacks. Noting that platforms and companies where a large number of people come together for this purpose and where instant and high online spending is particularly favored by hackers, Youssef Ifmiz stresses the importance of implementing cyber security policies in areas where hacker activity is encountered during the holiday period. Additionally, Evmez adds limiting permitted data access and usage limits for company employees as an additional measure companies can take to protect the data they collect.

Let the sun burn you on vacation, not the intruders

It is seen that hackers are the big prey of individuals who go on vacation, especially if their awareness of cyber security is insufficient. Noting that there are situations in which those who go on vacation should be careful, Joseph Eaves offers 5 suggestions to avoid being chased by vacation intruders.

1. Minimum device, least number of attacks. The easiest way to avoid cybersecurity threats while on vacation is to limit the number of devices that can be hacked. Taking more than one technology device with you while traveling can be challenging in terms of providing cybersecurity. In particular, reducing the number of such devices with a lot of data would be an easy security step.

2. Remember the dangers of public Wi-Fi. While you’re traveling, it’s important for your security to avoid making financial transactions, sharing data about your companies, or sharing personal information over public Wi-Fi. Be careful not to automatically connect devices to networks. Attacks known as Evil Twins are common in resort areas. Do not forget that you can be hacked by the units used to charge your device at rest and gas stations.

3. Do not bypass the multi-factor authentication solution. Accessing multiple accounts on your computers and phones can result in you losing control by clicking on links in emails that you didn’t notice while on vacation. Attackers in particular seeking corporate data will try every means to gain access to identity and user information. It is important to have a solution that protects your accounts on the go, in a portable way.

4. To get the latest updates and to review your privacy settings. You need to check your privacy and security settings on all your devices. Monitoring your location on devices like smartphones and tablets can get hackers into a lot of excitement. Applying cybersecurity updates to your devices via the software takes you to a safer area of ​​the internet.

5. Digital footprints are dangerous in car rental. Your digital footprint in car rentals, which is often a favorite during long vacations, threatens your internet security. Although using Bluetooth in cars seems risk-free to make calls and listen to music, not deleting your information before returning the car can lead to an Internet security vulnerability. The fact that security is poor in vehicles with IoT-based devices can also be taken as a warning to remove digital tracking.

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