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Top 5 travelling tips to keep you cyber safe these holidays

6 December 2017

Yearning for that end-of-year break? Dreaming of sun and sand for days? Thinking about cyber security ahead of your trip? We hope so!

Every year, travellers are targeted by cybercriminals who are hunting for financial details, personal information and any means of financial gain.

Naive travellers are easy targets, but there are some simple tips to protect yourself while enjoying your holiday.

  1. Use public Wi-Fi safely

    Public Wi-Fi in hotels, airports and even cafes can be a prime spot for phishing. Phishing is when someone attempts to take sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons. It’s also best not to do banking or access sensitive accounts on a public network. Read more about using public Wi-Fi.
     
  2. Don’t over share on social media

    Want thieves to know your house is empty or to know exactly where you are? Be very careful about sharing too much of your travels on social media. Instead, post about them once you’re home. Read more about using social media safely.
     
  3. Be on the look out for travel scams

    Scams are common at this time of year and finding you’ve been duped is an awful Christmas present. Scammers prey on people looking for a holiday deal. So far in 2017, Australians have lost nearly $75,000 to travel scams, according to SCAMwatch.

    Always research the offer and be wary of any travel ‘prizes’. At best you’ll find out a bogus hotel, resort or event doesn’t exist. At worst, you’ll hand over enough personal information that your bank accounts get cleaned out or your identity is stolen. 

    Travel insurance scams are also common, so make sure you research the provider first. Read more about travel scams on Scamwatch.gov.au.
     
  4. Password protect your devices

    If you’re taking any devices on holiday, make sure they are password protected, preferably with two-factor authentication. You can also enable location tracking in the event the device is lost or stolen. Read more about strong passwords and two-factor authentication.
     
  5. Notify your bank of your travels

    Inform your bank that you are travelling and keep an eye on your accounts for fraudulent transactions. The sooner you notice a fraudulent transaction and report it to your bank, the sooner they can stop the scammer and issue you a new card or account.