Earlier this month, NBC news reporter Richard Engel created a stir by attempting to show how easy it is to get hacked in Russia. He reported that his phone was hacked while accessing WiFi at a coffee shop within 24 hours of arriving in Moscow.
Visitors to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games may be left wondering if they, too, are vulnerable.
The answer is, to a degree, yes. According to this CBS News article, the chances of encountering malicious software in Russia last year were a staggering 63 percent, versus a mere four percent in the U.S. But encountering malware and getting hacked are not the same thing. Malware, or malicious software, works by disguising itself as a benign application or program that asks a user for certain permissions. These permissions include access to personal data that can then be used for purposes of identity theft and other cybercrimes. However, if the user identifies the download as malicious and does not grant it access to their data, they remain safe.
So what does this mean for international guests at the Olympics? Just be smart. Don’t download suspicious files or enter login credentials on an untrusted website. Following the same precautions you would at home should be enough to avoid hacking. And by using Keeper, you can keep your identity safe at home or abroad.