WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer vacationers who used to worry about their homes being burglarized now face a greater threat while traveling: identity theft. The increased use of social media, public WiFi networks, ATM machines and mobile devices by families on vacation in the US and abroad have made them prime targets for cybercrime. Fortunately, a free "Summer Vacation Guide to Identity Security" is now available with important safety tips for protecting devices, data and identities this summer.
"Anyone – adult or child -- who uses a computer, tablet or mobile device on a plane, in a hotel room or in a cyber cafe can be a victim of cybercrime," says cybersecurity expert Morgan Wright, who has created a checklist of "Top 10 Do's & Don'ts."
Wright, a former law enforcement officer who has advised the U.S. departments of Justice, Defense and Homeland Security and several private sector clients on cybersecurity strategies and defenses, created the Guide in response to a leading Internet safety threat report that reveals a dramatic rise in identity theft, digital extortion and data corruption.
Among the Guide's Top 10 Do's and Don'ts are how to identify and avoid:
- Bluetooth and WiFi vulnerabilities
- Social media and mobile app risks
- Malware and ransomware attacks
- Credit card, online banking and ATM scams
Wright recommends families read the Guide prior to leaving on vacation in order to safely implement some of its recommendations from their secure home Internet networks. Then, he suggests packing it along with their travel itineraries as a reminder of cyber safety precautions on the road.
"Identity security involves people, products and practices. When consumers remain vigilant, the results are good habits in the real world and safe interactions in the online world," says Wright.
The "Summer Vacation Guide to Identity Security: Top 10 Do's & Don'ts" can be downloaded free at www.morganwright.us/traveltips.
Morgan Wright, an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity and US law enforcement, serves as an advisor and media analyst on identity security, cybersecurity, cyberterrorism and technology-related crime investigations. He is currently a Fellow at the Center for Digital Government.
SOURCE Morgan Wright