When you think of airport security, baggage screening, TSA checkpoints, and surveillance cameras likely come to mind. But what about cyber-security?
With time to spare at the airport, most fliers are quick to take advantage of free public WiFi networks, without thinking twice. However, according to a new report by cloud security company Coronet, consumers would be wise to consider the risks these public networks pose before cracking open their laptop.
According to Dashlane’s 2018 Travel Website Password Power Rankings, 89% of travel-related websites leave their users’ accounts exceptionally vulnerable to hackers due to unsafe password practices.
The rankings rate password and account security on 55 of the world’s most popular travel-related sites. Dashlane researchers test each website on five critical password and account security criteria. A site received a point for each criterion it met, for a maximum score of 5/5. Any score below 4/5 was considered failing and not meeting the minimum threshold for good password security.
Millions of people worldwide fly with a commercial airline every day. Less than two-thirds of those airline passengers utilize mobile boarding passes; meaning the majority of passengers still use printed boarding passes.
Many of those passengers end up leaving that boarding pass on the plane or discarding it at their destination. In the age of social media, posting a photo of your boarding pass is a great way to make all your friends jealous of your European vacation. In fact, a simple Instagram search of #boardingpass, returns over 91,000 results.
So what’s the big deal with posting or throwing away your boarding pass? Well, the information printed on airline boarding passes may jeopardize your privacy or even cause trip disruptions down the road.