Why Olympics visitors should go on a digital fast

140209_SkaterBy Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic – Last Watchdog is en route to this warm Caribbean locale, having left a Seattle blizzard. I will be reporting from the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit through Thursday. Meanwhile, officials at US-CERT have issued a warning for those attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Visitors and stay-at-home fans, alike,  should be wary of the usual scams and phishing attacks that hinge on come-ons tied to the Olympics.  Last Watchdog asked Dell SecureWorks’ Chief Security Officer Doug Steelman to outline safety tips for anyone actually traveling to Russia.

Steelman advises leaving your primary computing devices at home and taking clean, temporary-use computing devices. If you can’t do that, at the very least backup everything before you go.

Some other Steelman tips:

  • Assume conversations in hotels and other public locations will be monitored.
  • Change your passwords an PINs.
  • Abstain from doing any banking or other sensitive computing through Russian networks.
  • Encrypt any and all  sensitive documents.
  • Do not click on attachments or links in emails, text messages and on social media sites, even if you recognize the sender.


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