More and more travel companies are experiencing data breaches, including issues that happen while soaring through the sky with major airlines. Experts suggest encrypting all of the private data on your laptop with programs such as BitLocker to provide your data with an additional layer of protection while you’re enjoying your travels. Also try to install various privacy filters onto your devices, and refrain from connecting to any public WiFi outlets that you may come across.
- Many breaches in the travel sector occurred last year, affecting companies like Marriott, British Airways, and Delta airlines, and experts expect more this year.
- The chief executive of a resource center in San Diego that supports victims of identity theft states that cybercriminals principally target travel companies because they have sensitive data.
- An expert recommends creating a throwaway email that can be used for booking flights and making travel arrangements so as to protect the private or work email.
“Bruce McIndoe, president of WorldAware, a risk management company, recommends creating a “digital persona” when booking travel or making other online transactions.”