Brits abroad warned of risky Wi-Fi this summer

Published on: 4 Jul 2017

More than half (52 per cent) of holidaymakers expect to spend at least an hour a day using their tablet, smartphone or laptop to check email, text or update their social media during their break overseas, according to research published by McAfee.

The study revealed that just under a third of us primarily connect using publicly available Wi-Fi, creating potential security risks.

While 58 per cent of the survey sample claimed to know how to determine whether their Wi-Fi is secure, only 49 per cent actually take the time to verify their connection’s security.

A fifth don’t even think about the security of their Wi-Fi connection, while 32 per cent weigh up how much they really need to connect before using the unsecured Wi-Fi.

Remarkably, only 15 per cent of travellers considered their personal information and data to be more secure while travelling than it is at home.

McAfee advises holidaymakers connecting to a public Wi-Fi network to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to keep their information private and ensure data goes straight from the device to where they are connecting.

Ensuring devices are running the most up-to-date software is another effective way of avoiding viruses and malware, McAfee concludes.