A global survey released today by Symantec, maker of Norton security software, explores how mobile devices play a central role in the way people experience concerts, events and festivals. Yet, as the role of smartphones expands, so do the security risks. We caution fans this season to be aware of the digital dangers that may come into play such as loss or theft of mobile devices, as well as online scams.
Beyond the “Pat Down”: Online Security at Events
- Practice Safe Sharing. Check the privacy settings on your social networks to make sure you know who has access to what information. Also, think twice before posting your real-time location or photos to social networks. While seemingly harmless, it can let others know that you’re preoccupied or away from home.
- Make Your Password the Price of Admission. Protect your device with a complex password and change it regularly. This makes it much more difficult for someone to access your personal information on a lost or stolen device.
- Between Sets, Share a Drink – Not Your Banking Info. Think twice before checking your email or bank account balance on public Wi-Fi. Cybercriminals can “sniff” sensitive information from unsecured networks. Consider using a personal VPN like Norton Hotspot Privacy, to keep your browsing secure or wait until you're on a protected network before conducting any potentially sensitive activities.
- Lost and Found. Install security software like Norton 360 Multi-Device ahead of time. That way, if your phone or tablet is stolen or lost, you can remotely locate, lock and even wipe it to prevent anyone from accessing your personal data.
The Rise of Digital Ticket Scams: How to Spot Them
- One-Hit Wonder. Ticket scams on social media, including posts that encourage you to hit “like” to get free tickets are becoming more prevalent. Be wary of these offers; navigate directly to the brand’s social media page or website to verify the offer first.
- Deal or No Deal? If an offer on the concert of the year looks too good to be true, it probably is. Purchase tickets using a credit card, which offers protection if you are scammed, unlike debit cards or cash.
- Originals Are Always Better Than Covers. Use caution before buying tickets from a site you’ve never heard of before. These sites may advertise cheaper prices but may cost you more in the end. Stick to reputable retailers and look for a green check-mark next to the name (before you click on it) to verify that it is secured.
- Scam Control. Before you enter your credit card information, look for trust marks, such as the Norton Secured Seal to verify that site can be trusted. Also, the letters “HTTPS” in the address bar show that the form or page has an added level of security.