“Public WiFi hotspots in hotels, airports, restaurants and bars are often inadequately protected. Criminals can steal sensitive data in such networks with minimal technical effort,” explains Tim Berghoff, G DATA Security Evangelist. “A VPN solution should be used on trips to shield the data traffic for a mobile device from prying eyes.”
Staying on the safe side on holiday with your smartphone and tablet
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When on holiday, look out for the following:
- WiFi hotspots: More and more hotels and cafés offer free WiFi. This is useful - but risky as well. Criminals can easily read others’ emails or spy on critical data such as credit card details or passwords via such a network. Hint: do online banking transactions and go on your online shopping trips before or after travelling.
- Internet cafés: You cannot get a clear picture of the security settings or a possible malware infection on computers that are not owned by you. This is why you should not log into sensitive accounts on PCs in Internet cafés or hotel lobbies and, where possible, surf in the browser’s private or incognito mode, where no data is stored. After the session, log out of all accounts again and delete the surfing history.
- Software: Security software is a good option for making cyber criminals’ lives harder. On holiday, the mobile security solution should also be able to help locate a stolen device and remotely delete sensitive data, should the need arise.
- Apps: Apps should be updated before you go away. Any security holes are closed by updates.
- Lock codes and passwords: A PIN or another form of lock code for the mobile device screen increases the level of security and makes it difficult for thieves to use the device and access data. Even a four-digit PIN makes things difficult for thieves - it takes a while to try out all 10,000 combination options. Numerous devices block further attempts after a certain number of incorrect entries. Still, combinations such as “1234” or “0000” should be avoided.
- Social networks: Use caution with public postings about holidays in social networks. Criminals use such data to create a map on which unoccupied properties are marked. For this reason, the best holiday memories should either only be uploaded to Facebook and other social media platforms after your return, or sent privately to friends and family.
- Disable wireless networks: Bluetooth and WLAN functions should be switched off if they are not needed, as they make it possible for a device to be attacked.
G DATA VPN protects against data thieves
The VPN module in G DATA Mobile Internet Security encrypts all Internet traffic, whether you are surfing on your data plan or on a Wifi network, worldwide. The virtual private network builds a type of tunnel that not only protects the user's digital identity but also prevents data thieves from seeing it. Personal data is shielded and effectively protected by secure servers. With the integrated optional G DATA VPN, users do not need an additional app to protect their privacy on public networks.