Survey: Business Travelers at Increased Risk of Hotel Hacking, Identity Theft


A report from British insurance company Willis Group Holdings says business travelers who book hotel rooms online are putting themselves at risk.

The survey found that insurance claims for data theft worldwide jumped 56% last year, with a bigger number of those attacks targeting the hospitality industry. In fact, 38% of all cyber attacks were aimed at hotels, resorts, and tour companies.

Why is this happening? Some large hotel chains may not be able to monitor how data is collected and stored at dozens — or even hundreds — of properties throughout the world. Add in independent contractors who work for individual hotels, and that opens additional avenues for hackers, viruses, and malware potentially infecting a hotel’s network security.

In other words, if you’re a business traveler who books hotel rooms via the Internet, you may be at higher risk of being victimized by computer hackers and identity thieves.

Using a virtual private network is your best defense – from the minute you can access free wifi on the plane to the late hours using your hotel room’s wireless signal to finish work projects – a personal VPN is the only way to encrypt your sensitive work files and personal data.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.