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10 Tips to Stay Safe Against Cricket World Cup Online Scams

February 13, 2015
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This Cricket World Cup, stay safe against hackers and online scammers by following these few simple security measures.

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If there is anything that the entire world eagerly awaits after FIFA World Cup, it is the ICC Cricket World Cup. Held every four years, it is rated as one of the world’s most viewed sporting event. This year, the World Cup will be played in 14 stadiums across Australia and New Zealand. India brought home the World Cup in 2011 with a glorious win by 6 wickets over Sri Lanka. And this year, as the cricket crazy smog starts setting in, we can easily expect online scammers and hackers to plan their attacks against cricket fanatics. So, here are some really easy steps that you can effortlessly take to stay away from any kind of cricket World Cup online scams.

What Can We Expect from Hackers?
This cricket World Cup, we are expecting hackers to:

1. Send bulk emails to a large number of users all over the world. These emails will contain links to phishing and malicious websites. They may also contain attachments hiding malicious codes.

2. Create several fake websites that look like the official site of the cricket World Cup to steal personal and financial information.

3. Inject vulnerable websites with malicious pop-up ads to either redirect users to fake websites, or drop malware on their system.

4. Use social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to propagate their scam by posting links to fake and infected websites.

5. Create fake and malicious sites claiming to offer live streaming services.

Steps to Avoid Cricket World Cup Scams

1.  As always, the safest place to watch the cricket World Cup is your television.

2. Buy tickets only from the official website which is www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-world-cup

3. Even if the above link comes to you in an email from ICC, do not click on it. The safest way is to type the URL in the address bar of your browser.

4. Do not trust any email claiming to offer you free tickets, discounted tickets or special travel deals. Never click on links or download attachment in these emails.

5. Do not respond to online ads claiming to offer streaming services for the World Cup or free tickets.

6. If you receive any text message or calls asking for your personal information in return for tickets or travel vouchers, disconnect the call.

7. While searching for videos, wallpapers, images, etc., of your favorite cricket starts or matches, only trust official and well-known websites.

8. Do not respond to social media posts (Twitter, Facebook, etc.,) that claim to provide free tickets, live streaming services, etc. Advise your friends not to share, like or comment on these posts.

9. For live streaming, only trust popular websites such as www.starsports.com

10. Protect your system with a reliable antivirus software like Quick Heal, which provides protection against phishing emails and phishing website.

Stay safe and may the best team win!

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Rajiv Singha
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Rajiv is an IT security news junkie and a computer security blogger at Quick Heal. He is passionate about promoting cybersecurity awareness, content and digital...
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  1. I like it

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  2. thanks chum for making another cricket scamware alert

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  3. India win this world cup 2014

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  4. Iam wetting for India v Pakistan match

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  5. AnbusathiyanFebruary 13, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    nice and usefull one thanks buddy.

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  6. TINUOYE ABIODUNFebruary 13, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    SOS. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME OUT PLS! MY QUICKHEAL ANTIVIRUS REFUSED TO UPDATE FOR THE PAST 2 MONTHS NOW. IT WILL EXPIRE BY SEPTEMBER 2015

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  7. Tanmoy ChakrabortyFebruary 13, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Good tips.

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  9. mayANK TRIPATHIFebruary 13, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    NICE

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  10. Sanjay SagwalFebruary 14, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Yes, it is true that people with ill motive will certainly do such type of things. as live streaming will be most searched after in google so risk will be more. Better to click those sites which we are already using.

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  13. A.ThirumuruganFebruary 15, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Good tips at right time

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  14. Thank you so much. Valuable information

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  15. suresh samotaFebruary 15, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    good

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  16. sankar BandyopadhyayFebruary 16, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Thanks for the useful tips

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  19. Rabindranath ChakrabortyFebruary 17, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Good suggestions.

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    nice security

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    • Hi Anwar,

      Can you please share some details about this virus on your Android phone? Maybe a name or if possible, a screenshot of the same. That will enable us to help you better.

      Thanks.

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    • Hi Rajesh,

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      Regards.

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  32. Sir,can we should believe on chrome’s extensions which help us to fill automatically forms and we have to fill all our details? Help me please.

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    • Hi Ankit,

      Yes, in most cases you can trust that Chrome’s inbuilt form filling extension is safe. However, web browsers can be easily breached by anyone who uses your computer. So we recommend that you password protect such data or use an online form filling service that password managers offer for free. Our recommendation is LastPass.

      Thanks.

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    Keep doing good work it will protect you.

    Take Care

    Bye.

    SSURYAH

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