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The risky things travelers do that compromise their cyber security

More than 40 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day Weekend, according to AAA, and many of them are going to be gold mines for cyber criminals.

By 2021, damages tied to cyber crimes are expected to reach $6 trillion annually.

“When we think about the internet of things in general, these things are all now connected to the internet,” said Caleb Barlow, VP of X-Force Threat Intelligence for IBM (IBM).

“The simple way to look at it [is] if it connects to the internet, you have to have a way to update it in real time and keep it secure. For more manufacturers, it’s a big problem going forward,” Barlow said on Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade.

That means you need to cover your digital trail at all times. While you may feel secure while at home or the office, it’s best not to be complacent when hitting the road.

Barlow shared some advice: “First of all, all those travel receipts, those itineraries – don’t leave them in the back of the seat of the airline. Take them home and shred them. The barcodes, they contain an enormous amount of personal identifiable information.”

He went on to say, “one of the other things, you need to be really cautious of those USB charging stations that you see it everywhere from the coffee shop and the bar, to at the airport because a USB can pass both power and data and it’s really easy for an adversary to manipulate that charging station or actually just leave a cord that contains malware.”

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