McAfee recently released a study, 2021 Consumer Security Mindset: Travel Edition, which noted an oddity in Aussie’s behaviours with regard to digital safety. The study noted how Aussies were taking personal protection and travel safety precautions seriously as travel restrictions are slowly being lifted, but are more lax with regards to digital safety.
According to the data:
- 72% of Aussies have plans for leisure travel in 2021, with 12% going for international travel
- 54% of respondents’ travel preferences changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
- The most preferred accommodations at 46%, followed by staying with family or friends, at 34%
On the flip side, the survey’s numbers for digital safety are as follows:
- 71% of Aussies connect to devices when staying at a house that isn’t theirs, which opens devices to digital security problems
- While 65% of Aussies state that they’re more connected digitally since the pandemic and the lockdowns, only about half have implemented tighter digital security
- Only 48% check if a network is secure before they connect to it, and 45% state that they don’t implement the same security measures they have at home when they travel
- Of the 46% that prefer hotels, only 29% are aware of the higher risk when connecting to hotel Wi-Fi
- 43% admit to connecting their devices to public Wi-Fi, in spite of 67% of the respondents saying that they think Wi-Fi networks are the most vulnerable
McAfee Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing Judith Bitterli says that, with travel back an as option for people, people need to remember the importance of digital security and wellness, especially outside the house. Greater online connectivity has made it easier to access things like king kong marketing agency review and the like, but it has also increased the danger from cybersecurity threats.