New Delhi, July 2016: The Russian software security group Kaspersky Lab has warned that public Wi-Fi networks are far from secure, and those using them could be putting sensitive information at risk.
One in five persons has been a target of cyber crime while abroad and a third (31%) of them are senior business managers, the report said.

According to experts, open Wi-Fi networks are generally unencrypted because you don’t have to enter a passphrase key when connecting, giving hackers easy access to information being sent out over the Internet, be it e-mails, credit card information and even security credentials.

All types of gadgets – laptops, tablets and smartphones – are at risk.

Another report from EMC Corporation — the world’s largest data storage multinational — revealed Indian businesses lost over $1 million from data loss and downtime in the last 12 months.

Pavan Duggal, a cyber law expert, gives some tips on cyber hygiene to business travelers abroad:

Use an updated and efficient anti-virus software on your computer system. There are several encrypted data services which can be used abroad.

Access only HTTPs sites. When accessing sensitive material on public Wi-Fi, try to do it on SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encrypted websites.

A VPN (virtual private network) connection is essential when connecting to business or banking through unsecured connections.

Turn off file/computer/network sharing and avoid using specific websites where there’s a chance that cyber criminals could capture your identity, passwords or personal information.

If data is stolen abroad, it must be reported immediately in that country, so that the hacker can be nabbed and the data retrieved.


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