Brits not paying enough attention to security while on holiday

Brits not paying enough attention to security while on holiday

Brits are not paying enough attention to their mobile security while they are abroad new research has suggested.

A recent study by Intel Security found that nearly nine-in-ten (89 per cent) of British holidaymakers do not have a security solution in place when connecting to Wi-Fi systems, while only six per cent of 18 to 24 year olds have a security solution in place at all.   

Over a third (38 per cent) of respondents said they had no issue in connecting to open Wi-Fi, with 15 per cent stating they do not take security precautions abroad due to thinking the security threat abroad is lower than it is back in the UK.

The fact is, however, that cyber threats to both fixed and mobile devices remain a worldwide problem.

The rising trend of flexible working has inspired a growing demand for bring your own device (BYOD) among employees of companies in various industries.

It means that a slack approach to security for any mobile device could have substantial consequences in the workplace, yet many Brits are, according to Intel's research, still not taking the threat seriously.

Nearly half of Brits (47 per cent) said they did not know how to protect their device when connecting to an open network, while another 34 per cent said they were not sure about the best way to do so.

The results arguably highlight the need for employers to ensure that workers are well-versed in keeping their mobile devices secure and adhere to proper BYOD guidelines.

Younger workforces could potentially be taking the greatest risk – a finding that is sure to surprise many.

According to the survey, 18-24 year olds seemed the least aware of how protect devices when connecting to open Wi-Fi networks, closely followed by those aged over 55 years old.