Online apps have made it very convenient for you to enjoy the World Cup matches from anywhere, simply by using your mobile device. To make the viewer experience more enriching, these apps usually have contests or surveys, where you have to click on a link, register by sharing your information and participate. These apps also display ads on their platform, based on user interest.
With so much happening on your mobile screen, you might unknowingly click on a link that might be a trap laid out by cyber criminals to hack your phone. Cyber scammers always look out for such opportunities, which they can leverage to execute a cyber-attack. So what do you do to stay safe?
Here are a few pointers that you could keep in mind to avoid becoming the victim of cyber scams:
- Refrain from using free WiFi – Using the free WiFi at a coffee house or a hotel might save you from purchasing a 4G internet pack, but it might lead to a bigger cyber threat. Hackers usually seek users on free WiFi to steal their personal information like passwords, credit/debit card details and other sensitive data.
- Beware of phishing attacks – While you might innocently enter your details like mail ID and phone number to register on an app to watch your favorite game, hackers might use this information and send you phishing mails claiming that you have won free tickets to the game or a prize money in some contest. You should never click on any links provided in such mails as this might be just a scam and you may be robbed off your personal information.
- Be careful while using social media – While we understand that you would be eager to post your opinions, check-ins and pictures when enjoying a World Cup match, on your social media accounts, you should be careful that you share this information only with your friends, or someone you trust. Cyber criminals might use this information to commit frauds and cyber scams.
- Be wary of clicking on unidentified links -- Clicking on any unidentified link might inflict a malware attack, which can infiltrate and damage your device without your consent. A malware is a computer program that you might receive through SMS, file transfer and downloaded programs from internet or any other digital means. So, you should be careful while browsing.
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