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Indians Increasingly Opting for Multiple Short Breaks rather than Traditional Single Long Annual Vacation

Whether it is bespoke adventures, solo or escorted tours, Indians are travelling far more than they have ever before

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"As against the single annual vacation, Indians are displaying increasing appetite for multiple short holiday breaks," Vishal Suri, Managing Director, SOTC Travel, said in a statement. Pixabay

Indians are increasingly opting for multiple short breaks rather than the traditional single long annual vacation, reveals a new survey.

Most respondents this year opted for a holiday spanning 3-6 days, as compared to 7-10 days in 2015, showed the latest edition of the “India Holiday Report 2019” by travel and tourism company SOTC Travel.

“As against the single annual vacation, Indians are displaying increasing appetite for multiple short holiday breaks,” Vishal Suri, Managing Director, SOTC Travel, said in a statement.

“Whether it is bespoke adventures, solo or escorted tours, Indians are travelling far more than they have ever before and while they will continue to be quintessential value seekers, their passions like adventure or cuisine play a critical factor,” Suri said.

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Indians are increasingly opting for multiple short breaks rather than the traditional single long annual vacation, reveals a new survey. Pixabay

The research, however, revealed that people over 56 years of age continue to prefers longer vacations of 7-15 or more days.

International holidays are a mandatory inclusion in the annual travel plan for all age groups, the study said.

Domestic holidays showed a marked growth with 92 per cent respondents taking a domestic holiday compared to 80 per cent in 2015.

Leisure combined with spiritual journeys are growing with trips to destinations such as Madurai, Rameshwaram, Dwarka, Shirdi, Pushkar, Mathura, Ujjain and Varanasi witnessing significant growth in 2019.

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The survey included over 1,100 respondents belonging to four distinct age groups – 25 years and below, 26-35 years, 36-55 years and 56 years and above.

Seeking “relaxation” was the top travel priority for 68 per cent of the respondents.

With Internet penetration on the rise, a majority of the respondents opted for online platforms for their primary research.

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Most respondents this year opted for a holiday spanning 3-6 days, as compared to 7-10 days in 2015, showed the latest edition of the “India Holiday Report 2019” by travel and tourism company SOTC Travel. Pixabay

While not surprisingly over 70 per cent respondents in the age groups 25-35 and 36-55 years booked their holidays online, an impressive 48 per cent of the 56 plus segment also felt comfortable booking online, said the study.

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The holiday decision maker is seeing a shift from husband-dominated to joint decision making, said the study, adding that over 80 per cent respondents reported using credit or debit card for travel booking and on-ground expenses – discounts and cash backs being a key driver. (IANS)

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Indian People Get Most Affected By “Shlayer”, Most Widespread MacOS Threat

In order to achieve installations, the threat actor behind Shlayer sets up a malware distribution system with a number of channels leading users to download the malware

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The infection process often consists of two phases - first the user installs Shlayer, then the malware installs a selected type of adware. Device infection, however, starts with an unwitting user downloading the malicious programme. Pixabay

People from India are among those most affected by Shlayer, the most widespread macOS threat in 2019, after those in the US, says a new report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

A smart malware distribution system, Shlayer spreads via a partner network, entertainment websites and even Wikipedia, demonstrating that even users that only visit legal sites still need additional protection online. Top countries where users have been affected by the threat include the US (31 per cent), India (18.9 per cent), Germany (14 per cent), France (10 per cent) and the UK (10 per cent), according to the report.

“The macOS platform is a good source of revenue for cybercriminals, who are constantly looking for new ways to deceive users, and actively use social engineering techniques to spread their malware. This case demonstrates that such threats can be found even on legitimate sites,” said Anton Ivanov, Kaspersky Security Analyst.

“Luckily for macOS users, the most widespread threats that target macOS currently revolve around feeding illicit advertising rather than something more dangerous, such as stealing financial data,” Ivanov said. The malware specialises in installation of adware – programmes that terrorise users by feeding illicit ads, intercepting and gathering users’ browser queries, and modifying search results to distribute even more advertising messages.

Shlayer’s share among all attacks on macOS devices registered by Kaspersky products in January – November 2019 amounted to almost a third, with nearly all other top 10 macOS threats being the adware that Shlayer installs: AdWare.OSX.Bnodlero, AdWare. OSX.Geonei, AdWare.OSX.Pirrit and AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.

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People from India are among those most affected by Shlayer, the most widespread macOS threat in 2019, after those in the US, says a new report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. IANS

The infection process often consists of two phases – first the user installs Shlayer, then the malware installs a selected type of adware. Device infection, however, starts with an unwitting user downloading the malicious programme.

In order to achieve installations, the threat actor behind Shlayer sets up a malware distribution system with a number of channels leading users to download the malware. Kaspersky said in 2019 it prevented attacks carried out by Shlayer at least once on every 10th device using Kaspersky Solutions for Mac.

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“A good web security solution can protect users from threats such as these, making the experience of searching the web safe and pleasant,” said Ivanov. (IANS)