I’m a tech expert – delete dangerous list of 'summer apps' or risk ‘empty bank’ nightmare | The Sun

IF you've been on holiday recently, it might be time to delete some apps.

Leading cyber-experts have revealed a dangerous mistake that millions of holidaymakers are guilty of.

When you go on a trip away, you're focusing on having a good time.

But it's important to remember that cyber-criminals are always trying to make off with your cash or personal info.

In an official memo, a cybersecurity expert at McAfee revealed what every holidaymaker must do when they get back from a trip away – and it involves deleting a list of apps.

"Once you’re home from your adventure, it’s best practice to do some digital housekeeping," the McAfee insider advised.

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"For example, delete your vacation-specific apps, like the train services you used to check schedules or book tickets.

"The fewer apps you have, the fewer chances a cybercriminal has of stealing your personal or payment information.

"Then, for the next few weeks, keep an eye on your credit card statements and any suspicious activity regarding your credit or identity.

"While you’re monitoring your accounts, might as well change your passwords while you’re in there."

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That's not all: there are some tips for your next holiday too.

For instance, McAfee recommends keeping a Face ID lock on your smartphone – and using some kind of phone tether to strap it to your body.

McAfee also warned against relying on public Wi-Fi networks and scanning QR codes while abroad.

"Cybercriminals can lurk on the free networks provided by hotels, cafes, airports, public libraries, etc," McAfee explained.

"They wait for someone to log on and make a purchase or check their bank balance and swoop in to digitally eavesdrop on their sessions."

McAfee noted that you could download a VPN app that encrypts your web usage, helping to keep you safe on public Wi-Fi networks.

And when using QR codes at restaurants or museums, double-check to ensure it's official.

The cyber-expert warned: "Cybercriminals may post legitimate-looking QR codes that direct to suspicious sites or download malware to your device."

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