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The summer holidays are coming ever closer ... and smartphones, tablets and notebooks are part of everyone’s luggage nowadays. But beware - it is not just pickpockets who are targeting holidaymakers!

Posting a photo, checking the weather report or your e-mails, looking for sights or restaurants or checking the balance of your bank account – it is easy to do all this even when on holiday nowadays. Wi-Fi is often part of the standard facilities in hotels, holiday flats or on camp sites. An increasing number of cafés, bars and restaurants are also trying to attract visitors with free Internet access.

Cyber-criminals know these trends and are tracking down innocent holidaymakers. To be safe, you should therefore note the following tips in connection with Internet access on holiday:

  • Update your devices and back up your data before you leave: Before you leave home, you should update your operating systems and all programs or apps installed. You should also back up your data.
  • Avoid unknown or unencrypted Wi-Fi facilities: These are frequently not sufficiently secured, and criminals might be able to read all data transferred.
  • Please be careful with public computers: They cannot be considered trustworthy in general, so that you should never process or send/receive any confidential data via such devices. In particular, you should refrain from using your e-banking facility on such machines.
  • Deactivate any wireless connections you don’t need: Deactivate wireless connections such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or NFC when you are not using them.

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