Travel warning: Summer – Sun – Theft

G Data warns netbook tourists about the dangers of free WLANs and Internet cafes

07/01/2009 | Bochum 

The number of mobile computers is growing constantly. The netbook market in particular is profiting from this development: Their highly attractive purchase price and the possibility of accessing the Internet at any time and place, are particularly attractive to younger tourists who want to be able to take a mobile companion with them on holiday. G Data security expert Ralf Benzmüller warns against frivolous logging in during the upcoming travel season, especially from free airport WLANs, holiday locations or Internet cafes. Often it only becomes apparent after returning from your holiday that the supposedly low-cost data connection was a data trap, as once again this year criminals are seriously targeting holiday makers.




"Young people in particular are extremely attracted to netbooks. In spite of very low purchases prices, these devices offer everything you need for surfing. A problem with many devices is virus protection, as many users chose not to bother with a high-quality security solution, which means mobile surfers are unprotected against attacks," says Ralf Benzmüller, Manager of G Data Security Labs.




Beware of traps: free WLANs and Internet cafes
Netbooks with insufficient protection are not the only source of danger. Use of free WLANs and Internet cafes can likewise be the downfall of holiday makers.
"The perpetrators often pose as a free WLAN. All data traffic is then also read by the cyber thieves," Ralf Benzmüller warns. "Checking your account balance or booking offers with your credit card can provide a real holiday hangover for some victims when they return from their travels. We can only strongly advise against using free WLANs while on holiday or entering confidential data in Internet Cafes."
With its G Data InternetSecurity 2010 for Netbooks, G Data is offering a special USB version for netbooks. This ensures they are protected against any type of cyber attack even before going online.


Six travel tips from the security experts:
1. Don't use online banking or shopping when you're in an Internet cafe, in a public terminal or using a free WLAN.

2. After using Internet cafes or public terminals, delete temporary browser files, the browser history and cookies.

3. Do not forget to log off, if you have logged on to a website as a registered user. Otherwise, the next user of the computer could access your account.

4. To send holiday greetings, you should set up a special email account before the start of your trip, for example, at or Then, if your access data is stolen, all your email correspondence cannot be freely accessed.

5. Many common Internet applications, such as browsers or email clients, are available as so-called "Portable Apps" and run, without a tedious installation, directly from a USB-stick. A contact point for such "to go" applications is for example

6. As an alternative to WLANs: use of an UMTS card is expensive but there are significantly fewer risks associated with it.


Thorsten Urbanski