Corporate travelers face numerous risks while working abroad and businesses must ensure these travelers are completely updated on how to not only protect themselves, but the technology they use. When traveling abroad, many corporate travelers fall prey to Wi-Fi spots that hack information from their devices.
In the instance of a corporate traveler, businesses could be put severely at risk if a worker connects to a bad source. Sensitive data could be stolen or lost, which could ultimately harm business continuity or put a worker in danger with their location and information.
According to AnchorFree, a global leader in consumer security and privacy, of the 2,200 U.S. travelers polled, 84 percent admitted to not actively protecting their information on smartphones while traveling. The powerful numbers show that many people aren't taking the right security protocols to safeguard their information.
This is especially dangerous for corporate travelers since many workers don't have international plans on their phone and often use local Wi-Fi connections to access the Internet. According to the research, it's believed that 89 percent of Wi-Fi hotspots around the world are not protected or secure.
In the last half-decade, the amount of smartphone, tablet and personal device usage has significantly grown, which ultimately means that more people are prone to cyberattacks and other digital threats, Hotel News Resource reported.
"In the age of tablets, smartphones and ubiquitous hotspots, many travelers don't realize that they are unsuspectingly sharing sensitive information with others on public Wi-Fi," David Gorodyansky, founder and CEO of AnchorFree, explained in the report.
Most travelers aware of threats
The research also found a surprising amount of people actually understood they are using unsafe and unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots when they travel. According to AnchorFree, 82 percent of respondents said they believe their information isn't secure when using public Wi-Fi spots when traveling.
"It's troubling that while most travelers are concerned about online hacking, very few know how, or care enough, to protect themselves," Gorodyansky added. "Looming threats - from cyber thieves to malware and snoopers - are skyrocketing on public Wi-Fi and travelers need to be vigilant in protecting themselves."
The study also found that eight of 10 travelers use public Wi-Fi during their travels, which shows that businesses have to make sure employees are well informed about the possible threats surrounding them when they are abroad.