A 2017 nationwide survey of nearly 2,000 respondents shows that 55 percent of the survey participants said the need to use personal devices while on vacation outweighs cybersecurity risks.
Many vacationers continue to use their smartphones and other devices frequently. Half of respondents said they check their devices at least once an hour.
Although half of those surveyed said they worry about cybersecurity risks while on vacation, most do not take sufficient measures to protect their data. Fifty-four percent lock their devices while not in use, but only 40 percent hide devices when away; only 39 percent update their anti-virus software; and only 24 percent change their passwords.
Because vacationers often let their guard down, they are more vulnerable to cybercrime. "Survey Finds the Need to Use Personal Devices on Vacation Outweighs Cybersecurity Concerns," hotelnewsresource.com (Jul. 5, 2017).