The US Dept. of Homeland Security has released a series of tips for Americans traveling to South Korea for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

As the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang approach, NCCIC/US-CERT reminds travelers to be aware of cybersecurity risks. At high-profile events, cyber activists may take advantage of the large audience to spread their message. Cyber criminals may attempt to steal personally identifiable information or harvest users’ credentials for financial gain. There is also the possibility that mobile or other communications will be monitored.

  • NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users to protect themselves against these risks—especially risks associated with portable devices such as smart phones and tablets—by taking the following actions:
  • Switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections when not in use.
  • Use a credit card to pay for online goods and services.
  • When using a public or unsecured wireless connection, avoid using sites and applications that require personal information like log-ins.
  • Update mobile software.

You can read more on the Dept. of Homeland Security website and check our latest podcast as we talk to Mike Hussey, the executive director of the Utah Dept. of Technology Services. He tells us what his team does to protect state data when the governor travels abroad and shares his tips for what you should do before, during and after you travel internationally.