STAY NATIVE When you
go to a new country, you probably don’t know much about the app ecosystem, which could expose you to threats you’re not even aware of.
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 Brazil, so keep using the store as it will be subject to Google's usual scrutiny.
DON’T DOWNLOAD ON THE
FLY A quick “unoﬃcial World Cup app” download may mean downloading something scammy, especially if you don’t have time to read through permissions.
TIP: Use trusted markets like
Google Play and the Apple app store when downloading apps. Review all apps you download and consult the oﬃcial World Cup app list before clicking. ! Make sure the Android system setting 'Unknown sources' is unchecked to prevent dropped or drive-by-download 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.
WATCH YOUR MOBILE WALLET $
You may come across Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payment stations around the World Cup to avoid having to worry about carrying cash, but be cautious.
TIP: Turn on NFC signals
only when necessary so the personal information stored in your phone doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. You can turn NFC on and oﬀ from your phone’s settings.
WATCH OUT FOR PHISHING
Does that email promising free tickets to the hottest games seem too good to be true? It probably is. 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 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.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE
BALL… ER…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.
SET A PASSCODE **** If
somebody other than yourself does end up with your phone, a password is the ﬁrst line of defense for your personal data. Read the blog
TIP: To keep your information
private, create a strong passcode (read: not 1234 or 0000) for your phone and set your screen to auto-lock within ﬁve minutes. Read the blog
BE ABLE TO FIND YOUR SMARTPHONE
IF IT’S LOST OR STOLEN You’re depending on your mobile phone for so much, including maps to get around, a credit card via NFC, a news feed and social communications. It may even hold your ticket back home. 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.