By Dennis Jones
It’s here, the start of the Rio Games. The moment sports enthusiasts and fans of international pageantry have been eagerly awaiting. Unfortunately, those aren’t the only groups who were counting down to the start of the opening ceremony. Hackers had also been licking their chops.
Generally, highly-attended events and tourist destinations tend to be hives of cyber-criminality, as global travelers offer easy prey for sophisticated hackers. Large sporting events generate higher levels of tourism – a half-million tourists are expected to visit Brazil during the Games – which, in turn, produce higher levels of economic activity. The increased numbers of commercial transactions are perfect opportunities for hackers to perpetrate identity theft and fraud.
In this respect, Rio is no different than other major tourist destinations. And the Rio Games will be no different than other large sporting events. In fact, they might even be worse.
Last year Brazil ranked 10th in Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report. The report found that Brazil represented two percent of all global cyber threats in 2015.
So if you’re going to the Rio Games, be vigilant; be very, very vigilant. Whether you’re going to watch Michael Phelps go for gold or just to enjoy the beautiful beaches, read and heed these six tips to ensure your mobile security isn’t compromised:
- Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when accessing sensitive information.
- Refrain from banking online, especially on mobile devices.
- Avoid free Wi-Fi, especially if you need to transmit sensitive information.
- Don’t open emails or texts from unknown parties.
- Change your passwords on all your banking and email accounts before you go and after you return.
- Sign out of apps after you’ve finished using them. Don’t let them run in the background of your device.