Traveling is fun, but an unfamiliar environment like an airport can be distracting and prone to fraud. With tourist surges and airport congestion, hackers and scammers are accessing and preying on more people than ever before.
Just in time for peak travel season, cybersecurity firm Lookout has released some helpful tips to help you avoid getting scammed. Here are three things you should never do at an airport.
1. Don’t use free Wi-Fi (I need to be careful)
risk: Many airports offer free Wi-Fi, but getting dizzy with a free public network at an airport can cost you a lot. it could be fake. “Attackers have been known to set up fake public networks with compelling names like ‘Free_Airport_Internet,'” says Lookout spokesperson Darnell Sharperson. These fake networks allow hackers to access sensitive information such as emails, messages, and login credentials such as usernames and passwords.
How to protect yourself: Be sure to join the official airport network. Also, adjust the settings on your smartphone or computer so that it does not automatically connect to nearby networks.
2. Don’t use public USB portsrt
risk: A USB port allows you to easily plug the cord in to charge your device. bad idea. “An attacker can exploit his USB charger to load malware onto it that infects the device the moment it is plugged in,” he says. Similarly, borrowing someone else’s USB cord from her or lending your cord to someone else is a bad idea.
How to protect yourself: “Always travel with a personal USB cord and plug the charger directly into an electrical socket (rather than a USB port) if possible,” says Sharperson. Also, never leave your phone or device unattended. Only allow people you know to “borrow” your device.
3. Don’t (blindly) make travel updates
risk: Hackers are getting smarter. Latest Scam: “Attackers may attempt to steal a traveler’s credentials through a phishing campaign masquerading as the airline, credit card company, or TSA,” he said. say. Here’s how it works: You’ll get a message saying you need to update your TSA PreCheck (or another account), but email, text, or direct his message to a fake site where hackers can steal your money and personal information. contains a link to
How to protect yourself: Be very careful when clicking on links and go directly to the travel agency’s website to verify your account and ensure the request is legitimate.
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