British workers are putting their security at risk by refusing to log off when they go on holiday, according to a report.

Research by Intel Security showed that 79 per cent of users plan to connect to the internet while on holiday, while 42 per cent say the thought of being unplugged makes them anxious.

However, 54 per cent of UK consumers said they either don’t think or don’t care about whether they are using a secure connection when they are on holiday.

And some of their favourite holiday hotspots were found to be among the riskiest when it comes to mobile security breaches, the researchers said.

While Spain, the USA and Italy are the top getaways for Brits, the USA, the UK itself and Spain were ranked as the top destinations for mobile malware attacks.

“Whether at work, home or on holiday, we all rely on mobile phones to stay connected to our friends, family and followers,” said Nick Viney, consumer vice president at Intel Security.

“All too often though, people throw little caution to the wind when it comes to protecting their data away from home, and are often quick to use devices to access sensitive information without considering the potential risk.

“There is no reason for holiday makers to be scared of connecting while they are away.

“People simply need to take the necessary precautions to ensure they are surfing safely when travelling, such as keeping an eye on accounts and activity and making sure you only connect to secure networks.”

Intel Security advises holidaymakers to limit their WiFi and Bluetooth use, check and monitor their accounts, and be careful with what they share when they are away.

But a recent report from Kaspersky Lab found that users are taking big security risks when they go away, with 44 per cent connecting to the internet before they even leave the airport.

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