Although disobeying the unwritten social media protocol to share your happiness is difficult, it is better to be a hot target on a dance floor than on a burglar’s radar.
We’ve put together 3 essential tips to secure your digital life during the festival season.
- A pic of your boarding pass is not obligatory
There are 111 thousand photos on Instagram with a hashtag #boardingpass. Even though it seems like an innocent pre-holiday brag, your boarding pass has a lot of valuable information.
Hackers can quickly recreate a boarding pass if they have access to its barcode. By scanning it, criminals can access all your personal information: name, surname, email and phone number. They can also change a piece of the flight information or even drain your frequent flier miles. You wouldn’t put your ticket as an outdoor ad, would you? It’s always better to keep your ticket information to yourself.
- Holiday photo uploads can wait
Posting your pictures online while on holiday is the same as walking down the street with a sign of your home address and a note that it is vacant for 2 days.
Such oversharing might attract unwanted attention. According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, rates of household crimes tend to be higher in summer than during other seasons of the year.
You may say that would-be burglar doesn’t know your home address, but to do so, one doesn’t need to have special skills. Your friends, jogging routes, and even your Instagram profile URL can reveal a lot of information about you. If potential thieves can access your IP address, they can get to know your home address.
- Public WiFis should be used with caution
Most of the festivals are famous not only for their lineups but also for their poor phone reception. As it is usual in any fest, the attendees reach out for their glorious WiFi stations to save the day.
However, open internet networks are goldmines for data thieves. All the traffic within a public WiFi network is usually unsecured and unencrypted, so your data becomes an easy target for malicious agents.
Hackers don’t need sophisticated knowledge or tools to access unsecured devices on the same network. If a hacker manages to position himself in the middle of your connection, he may obtain all the sensitive information from your device, including emails, passwords and banking credentials. If you are in dire need to connect to a public WiFi, better get a VPN to encrypt your online data.
Although relying on these recommendations will make you safer than a vast majority of other festival attendees, the most important thing is to realize that you are not invulnerable and that those creepy stories from the internet can actually happen to you.
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