Apparently there’s nothing sexier than travel. But if you’ve ever thought about publishing images of boarding passes on social media, think again.
According to one technology security expert, Brian Krebs, holidaymakers who share the information that is found on boarding passes – a full name, origin, destinations and the barcode – leave themselves open to exploitation by cyber-thieves, who can use such data to reveal private details about someone.
Writing in his blog, Krebs on Security, the tech guru suggested travellers even destroy their boarding passes in a document shredder. (Although we’d suggest holding on to them for at least a while, in case you need to chase mileage points.)
“Two-dimensional barcodes and QR codes can hold a great deal of information, and the codes printed on airline boarding passes may allow someone to discover more about you, your future travel plans, and your frequent flyer account,” he said.
Norton by Symantec chief security strategist Sian John added that private details, such as an email, home address and phone number linked to an airline account could be exposed and even give a cyber criminal the ability to change your travel plans.
“It’s also important to remember that if you’re telling people you’re going to be away, are you also just sending an invitation to criminals to take advantage of the fact that your home is likely to be empty?” Ms John told the Daily Mail.
“Making sure you switch your social media privacy settings to only share updates with your trusted network is a good place to start.
“However be conscious of which network you may be sharing to, and remember that once on the internet, content can be re-shared thousands of times – even by this ‘trusted network’.”
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