NEW YORK, May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dashlane, one of the world's most trusted digital security companies, today announced the results of its first Travel Website Password Power Rankings™. The rankings, which examined password and account security on 55 of the world's most popular travel-related sites, found that 89% of sites leave their users' accounts perilously exposed to hackers due to unsafe password practices.
Dashlane researchers tested each website on five critical password and account security criteria. A site received a point for each criterion it met, for a maximum score of 5/5. Any score below 4/5 was considered failing and not meeting the minimum threshold for good password security.
Only 11% (6/55) passed with a score of 4/5 or better, and only one travel-related website received a perfect 5/5 score: Airbnb. Unlike Airbnb, other household names, American Airlines and Carnival Cruise Lines failed, receiving a score of 1/5. The websites even allowed Dashlane researchers to set up accounts with alphanumeric passwords "12345" and "password."
"I believe that travelling is the single greatest opportunity to de-stress from daily life and broaden our horizons," states Emmanuel Schalit, CEO at Dashlane. "However, the modern traveler has to reckon with the many digital hazards associated with a journey — from booking flights, to reserving hotel rooms, to renting a car or looking online for recommendations — which creates many chances for personal data to become compromised. Our intention in ranking travel sites is not to scare people away from one of life's greatest pleasures, but to make the modern traveler more aware. The days of worrying about just pickpockets are over, digital thieves are the real threat."
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Critical Security Lapses
Travel sites failed to protect user data across a number of factors.
"Big names in the travel industry often come under fire for their physical treatment of customers, receiving public blowback on social media for flight delays, egregious treatment of passengers, or even foodborne illnesses," continued Schalit. "In many cases the result is a close examination of business practices and positive shift. The travel industry should treat their cybersecurity failings in much the same fashion, and make the necessary changes, such as adding 2FA, in order to protect customers' digital privacy."
Travel Security Best Practices
For travels near and far, these are a few easy actions that everyone should take to improve their own online security:
The study was conducted by Dashlane researchers from April 16 – 20, 2018. The researchers evaluated five security criteria on 55 popular travel related websites. A site received a point for each criterion they met for a maximum score of 5/5. A score of 4/5 was deemed as passing and meeting the threshold for strong user password security. The rankings indicate the security levels of each website with regards to passwords and account protections only.
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