New Study Reveals Many Consumers Prioritize Convenience Over Security While on Vacation {Interview}

New Study Reveals Many Consumers Prioritize Convenience Over Security While on Vacation {Interview}


Security Expert Explains How Vacationers Could Unknowingly Put Their Privacy at Risk
and Provides Tips for Securing Personal Info On-the-Go.

 When you finally get that well-earned, much-needed vacation, it’s easy to forget the digital deviants are still hard at work!  The summer travel season can be a lot of fun for everyone, including cybercriminals who can try to exploit travelers in unfamiliar settings.

While on the road, consumers often choose convenience over security and carelessly connect to unsecured Wi-Fi, leaving them open to the possibility of having personal information compromised.

To add to the problem, vacationers simply won’t unplug during their travels. According to a new McAfee study, more than half (57 percent) of respondents said they went on vacation with the intent to stay connected and not unplug from their devices. In fact, 52 percent report spending at least one hour a day with internet-connected devices while on vacation.

Chief Consumer Security Evangelist at McAfee, Gary Davis, understands how our devices are extensions of ourselves that we rely on for daily tasks. He can advise your listeners on the importance of exercising caution when using devices on vacation.  Join Gary in a recent interview exclusively for Michigan Mom Living readers as he discusses:


*Recent study findings

*Dangers of logging onto unsecured Wi-Fi and how can you tell if the Wi-Fi is secure?

*How to stay connected on vacation and still stay safe?

*Advice for people who get hacked and personal information is stolen while on vacation?

*Disconnect during vacation?  Is that so wrong?

*Where to go for more information?

Check out the complete interview here: 

More about Gary Davis 

Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist at McAfee. Through a consumer lens, he partners with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also provides security education to businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into actionable advice. He is a sought-after speaker on trends in digital security including the evolving threat landscape, privacy and securing the Internet of Things. He has presented at high profile conferences and events including CES, Mobile World Congress, and CTIA Super Mobility. During his 8+ years at McAfee, he has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity education.

 For more information on Twitter, go to @garyjdavis

Interview Courtesy of McAfee                                                                                                                    


Cynthia Tait

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