This week we spotted a great article by David Warburton in Tech Radar. The article was regarding IT Security at the Rugby World cup in Japan.
As the tournament kicks off, fans face a barrage of scams leveraging tournament branding, including fake apps, betting scams, counterfeit tickets, as well as browser injections targeting credit card details. Meanwhile, thousands of illegal streaming sites are limbering up on the side-lines for proceedings to start.
According to Tech Radar there are a number of things Rugby fans should and should not be doing while in Japan watching the World Cup
- Limit public Wi-Fi use
- Use a private network or virtual private network (VPN) with data encryption capabilities
- Ensure devices have the latest operating system and patches installed
- Question messages with links or attachments. A trusted brand wouldn’t immediately hustle for valuable personal data or financial information
- Use trusted websites with the HTTPS prefix and avoid search engine-assisted eCommerce. Spelling mistakes and design flaws are obvious red flags, but they are getting harder to spot
- Only download apps from the trusted sources
Whatever happens at the rugby world cup, it will be intriguing to monitor cyber criminal activity in the coming weeks. By all accounts, Japan is well prepared. The tournament could even yield the protective blueprint for future events of this scale. Dropping the ball is certainly not an option – especially with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics also on the horizon.
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