Going to the Big Apple? Your Phone Will Get Hacked

Remember the guy who hacked digital billboards on Times Square with a cellphone? That was a fake.  But, turns out the city isn’t safe after all.

Skycure surveyed the world’s most popular tourist attractions. The company that markets protection against malicious cyber-activity identified the sites where mobile devices are most at risk. Topping the list is Times Square.

“When you’re in a high-traffic area like these famous destinations,” warns Adi Sharabani, CEO of Skycure,  “you’re a target for hackers. Unlike your computer, your phone is always on, even when you’re taking in the sights. Mobile tourists are a lucrative target for cybercriminals.”

In addition to the dangers of the Big Apple, other targets on the list are:

2 .Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

3. Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallee, France

4. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif.

5. Ocean Park, Hong Kong

6. Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nev.

7. Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Calif.

8. Union Station, Washington, D.C.

9. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, Mass.

10. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, Calif.

11. Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill.

12. St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

13. Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

14. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Fla.

15. Pike Place Market, Seattle, Wash.

The safest wonder of the world? According to Skycure—it’s the Taj Mahal.  Sorry India. There is just not that much Internet and wifi in Agra.

The best advice?

Avoid “free” wifi like the plague.

Make sure your operating system is updated.

Turn-off data roaming.

If your phone starts acting weird—shut it down.

Don’t look into the light. (okay, I made that last one up)