Original release date: February 01, 2018
As the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang approach, NCCIC/US-CERT reminds travelers to be aware of cybersecurity risks. At high-profile events, cyber activists may take advantage of the large audience to spread their message. Cyber criminals may attempt to steal personally identifiable information or harvest users’ credentials for financial gain. There is also the possibility that mobile or other communications will be monitored.
NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users to protect themselves against these risks—especially risks associated with portable devices such as smart phones and tablets—by taking the following actions:
- Switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections when not in use.
- Use a credit card to pay for online goods and services.
- When using a public or unsecured wireless connection, avoid using sites and applications that require personal information like log-ins.
- Update mobile software.
- Use strong PINs and passwords.
Using the security practices suggested in the resources listed below will also help travelers stay more secure in Pyeongchang and other travel destinations:
- NCCIC/US-CERT Security Tip ST13-002: International Mobile Safety Tips
- NCCIC/US-CERT Security Tip ST05-017: Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices
- Stop.Think.Connect. Tip Card: Cybersecurity While Traveling
- Federal Communications Commission Smartphone Security Checker