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Defend yourself against World Cup scams

Tony Bradley | June 13, 2014
The 2014 World Cup tournament kicks off today in Brazil. Soccer (or football anywhere outside of the United States) is the most popular sport in the world, and billions of people will be following the matches closely. While you're busy figuring out how to stream games to your work PC while appearing to be busy with an Excel spreadsheet, you should be aware that World Cup will also be a feeding frenzy of malware and phishing attacks.

Unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots in Brazil

If you're lucky enough to be in Brazil for the big event, avoid public Wi-Fi hotspots. When you join a public Wi-Fi network, all of the other devices connected to that network can potentially intercept traffic to and from your PC. If you join an unsecured network, any attacker within range of it may be capturing your sensitive data. Many attackers will also set up rogue public Wi-Fi hotspots with the intent of luring users to connect so they can access their data and PCs.

Again, all of these attacks are common during any major event. Lovet offers this simple advice to help you avoid scams like these during World Cup and beyond:

  • Requests for password or credit card information should set off alarm bells. Double check before you comply.
  • Be very wary of links that either lead to applications or external Websites.
  • If you haven't entered a lottery, you can't win it.
  • Even when connecting to secure access points, be sure to check that your favorite websites rely on well secured HTTPS connections.

If you watch out for these scams and keep these tips in mind, your only concern will be whether or not your team makes it to the World Cup Final.

 

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