Many fans visiting South Africa in the coming weeks for Fifa’s 2010 World Cup football extravaganza will be relying on their mobile phones for communication, news and recording their experiences. 2010Netthreat.com, in conjunction with Symantec’s Candid Wueest, has compiled a simple checklist, which fans can use to ensure their mobiles are protected against cybercrime:
- Never leave your phone unattended. Mobile phones are in high demand in South Africa and the risk of theft is very real and the consequences of data loss can be severe.
- Back up all data, i.e. photos and videos to a PC or other storage centre as soon as possible
- Delete unsolicited or suspicious SMSes immediately
- When surfing the Internet stick to legitimate or familiar websites
- Be very careful about personal information posted to social networks like Facebook and Twitter
- Be very careful when using Bluetooth – invisible mode is advised
- Use intelligent passwords, both for your mobile or any service you might log onto
- Plan ahead – i.e. download any information you might need, such as maps, accommodation details before you leave home.
Sound simple? It is, but remember following these basic guidelines could be the key to a hassle-free visit to South Africa and the World Cup!