You can enjoy
the games without putting your personal information at risk with a little common sense, caution and these tips.
Stay native Russia is
a "hot zone" for mobile threats, where users had a 75% likelihood of encountering a mobile threat in 2013. This is largely thanks to unregulated 3rd party app stores and the availability of low risk monetization paths like premium rate SMS fraud. But traveling to the Olympics doesn't necessarily put your phone in jeopardy.
Tip: Make sure
your device settings reﬂect your native or regular IP address. The Google Play Store should be available to your device as normal in Russia, so keep using the store as it will be subject to Google's usual scrutiny.
Don’t download on the
ﬂy Every Olympics season since the dawn of mobile malware, we've seen scammy apps that try to lure in the unsuspecting. Knowing that the risk of encountering malware via any 3rd party stores or side-load downloaded apps is 20 times higher in Russia than back in the US, you should exercise caution before downloading any "Olympic" app that comes your way.
Tip: Use trusted
app stores and Google Play when downloading apps. Review all apps you download and consult the oﬃcial "Olympic app list" before clicking. Make sure the Android system setting 'Unknown sources' is unchecked to prevent dropped or drive-bydownload app installs.
Avoid using public Wi-Fi Your
phone’s 3G or 4G data connection is probably more secure than the Wi-Fi networks that thousands of people are using. Stick to a secure connection, especially if you’ll be logging into accounts, making purchases or entering any private information about yourself.
Tip: Turn oﬀ
Wi-Fi connectivity in your phone’s settings unless you’re conﬁdent in network security.
$ Watch your mobile wallet
You'll ﬁnd Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payment stations around the Russian Olympics for your consumer convenience, but be cautious.
Tip: Turn on
NFC signals only when necessary and download Lookout Mobile Security to protect your mobile privacy and security, so your phone or credit card information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Keep your eyes on
your phone From installing malware to taking the device itself, you never know what might happen to your phone when you’re not watching it closely.
Watch out for phishing
Phishing scams use email, text messages, Facebook, and Twitter to send you links to websites that are designed to trick you into providing information like passwords or account numbers. These messages and sites are often very diﬃcult to distinguish from those of your bank or other legitimate sources.
Tip: Do not
click on links or open attachments in email messages unless you can verify who sent them and what they sent.
Be able to ﬁnd your
smartphone if it’s lost or stolen. You’re using your mobile phone for so much this Olympics — including maps to get around, as a credit card via NFC, news feed and social communications. It would be a big problem if your phone is lost or stolen.
Tip: Install the
Lookout app as a layer of insurance for phone loss. You’ll be able to locate your lost phone and even lock and wipe it if you want to protect your sensitive data.