February 14, 2014
An NBC correspondent covering the 2014 Winter Olympics caused a worldwide stir when he reported that Sochi was a gold mine for hackers–hackers who were targeting the laptops and smart phones of American athletes and fans. Experts disagreed. A Gartner analyst said most everything they describe in the story is as equally true at your local Starbucks as it is in Sochi.
→ Any device being used in public, in fact, is a target and at risk.
Luckily, users can champion safe browsing practices when it comes to protecting their devices from malicious IMs, emails, and websites. Keep these Wi-Fi safety tips in mind next time you plug in at a public place:
- Keep your web browser, antivirus software, and operating system up-to-date
- Beware! Sketchy IMs, emails, and pop-ups could potentially be cyber criminals in disguise
- Strong passwords rule: combine upper- and lowercase letters with numbers and punctuation
- Back up all important files to a removable disk or external hard drive
For more safe Wi-Fi tips, visit the Information Security Office’s website.