To unplug or not to...

To unplug or not to...
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Vacations are full of distraction and opportunity, and savvy criminals have learned how to capitalise on these moments. Travellers can be targets for cybercriminals who count on human and device vulnerabilities to provide them with a point of access to consumers’ data and devices.

Intel Security conducted a study to better understand the ways consumers stay digitally connected while travelling. And the results for the people of the city show that, perhaps, Hyderabad doesn’t know how to unplug on a holiday; Hyderabadis were lowest in abstaining from work emails while on vacation

The survey revealed that only 38% of people of Hyderabad abstained from reading/responding to work emails while on vacation. This is the lowest when compared to Mumbai (41%) Delhi (41%) Ahmedabad (43%) Bangalore (51%)

Vacations are full of distraction and opportunity, and savvy criminals have learned how to capitalise on these moments. Travellers can be targets for cybercriminals who count on human and device vulnerabilities to provide them with a point of access to consumers’ data and devices. They can gain access to sensitive information via unsecured smartphones, laptops and even wearables, while also collecting data from social channels.

Intel Security released findings from its new study, “Digital Detox: Unplugging on Vacation”. This was conducted to better understand the ways consumers stay digitally connected while travelling and to highlight the ways in which they may unknowingly be putting their personal identity and devices at risk. Study findings indicated that while almost two thirds of people in Hyderabad claimed to have gone on vacation in the past year with the intention to be unplugged, 82 per cent connected to the internet while they are on vacation.

“Findings from the survey indicate that a huge majority of Indians (84 per cent) connect to the internet while on vacation. While doing so, they often access and share sensitive information without considering the potential cyber risks of divulging credit cards details, works mails and personal information on unsecured public Wi-Fi.

Through this survey, we wanted to raise awareness about the need to adopt safe digital habits and share security measures to prevent personal information from being compromised while travelling,” said Venkat Krishnapur, Head of R&D Operations for Intel Security’s India Development Centre. More than one third people in Hyderabad define being unplugged as having ‘no electronic (40%) or internet (38%) usage at all’ or as using ‘no social media’ (31%).

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