July and August are popular travel months across the globe for many families. The sunscreen is all packed, and you have printed your boarding passes for your flight. Or maybe, you are choosing to go the Clark Griswold route and taking the family cross country in the “Family Truckster.” The entire family is “over the top” excited about the getaway, and you have taken all the necessary steps to make sure it goes just right… Or did you?
I wanted to look at this process through Clark Griswold’s glasses. WWCD? (What Would Clark Do?), if you will. Clark obviously didn’t have the Internet when he took his brood across country on the “Holiday Road.” However, if we put ourselves in Clark’s shoes, we can easily paint a picture of what not to do while planning that epic summer vacation. Let’s get started!
Clark’s top 9 vacation planning faux pas:
Clark is doing the opposite of what you would expect to be proper conduct online while researching and planning his family vacation. Let’s face it, cybercriminals are looking for unsuspecting victims like Clark Griswold who are using the Internet to plan, book and pay for their entire vacation. They will attack us through email scams hoping to phish your username and passwords to major sites like banking or vacation rental-by-owner-type sites. I have personally had friends fall victim to these types of scams and attacks while designing their dream vacation. It is an unfortunate reality, as all facets of our life essentially become connected to the Internet.
The activity the Clark demonstrates above needs to be corrected.
Follow these top 3 tips to stay safe online while planning your own dream vacation:
Lastly, Clark could also stand to become friends with Lasky on Facebook. Lasky is a top-notch security professional who takes security very seriously. I am sure Lasky would agree with becoming much more security conscious while online.! Don’t pull a Clark Griswold when you are planning your next vacation, and don’t forget to put on your Out of Office message, too!
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