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Cybersecurity Awareness 5 – Hook, Line, and Cyber-Sinker: Avoiding Phishing, Smshing, and Vishing During AFCON 2024


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As the electrifying drums of AFCON 2024 reverberate across Ivory Coast, football fever grips the globe. But amidst the passionate cheers and dazzling footwork lurks a cunning digital predator: the phisher, the smisher, and the visher – nefarious tricksters aiming to exploit your excitement through phishing scams, smishing attacks, and vishing calls. These digital anglers cast deceptive lures disguised as tempting deals, urgent updates, or friendly support, waiting to hook unsuspecting fans into a cyber-nightmare.

Fear not, however, information warriors! By equipping yourselves with knowledge and vigilance, you can transform from potential prey into savvy digital anglers, casting doubt on these deceptive lures and safeguarding your personal information during the tournament. So, let’s arm ourselves with 10 essential tips to keep the cyber-phishers at bay:

1. Verify, Verify, Verify: Don’t blindly click on links or download attachments, even from seemingly familiar sources. Hover over links to check their actual destination, scrutinize email addresses for typos or inconsistencies, and double-check the legitimacy of senders before engaging. Remember, if it appears too good to be “goal,” it probably is!

2. Password Padlock: Ditch weak passwords like flimsy nets. Embrace strong, complex passwords with a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters, and consider a password manager for extra security. Treat your passwords like the bait box of your digital fishing rod, safeguarding them against opportunistic nibblers.

3. Official Channels Only: Purchase tickets, accommodations, and merchandise exclusively through authorized vendors or the official AFCON 2024 website and apps. Steer clear of tempting deals offered on third-party websites or social media platforms, as they might be elaborate fishing hooks disguised as irresistible bargains. Remember, stick to the official fishing grounds to avoid cyber-piranhas.

4. Skeptical Strikers: Cultivate a healthy dose of skepticism when interacting online. Don’t rush into decisions driven by excitement or pressure. Verify information, double-check claims, and report suspicious activity promptly. Remember, in the digital realm, trust is earned, not assumed, so be a skeptical striker, questioning everything until proven genuine.

5. Social Media Savvy: Be mindful of what you share online, especially during the tournament. Avoid revealing personal information like travel plans or hotel locations, and adjust your privacy settings to restrict who can see your information. Think of your social media as a curated reel, not a public fishing hole for cyber-anglers.

6. Public Wi-Fi Peril: Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks for accessing sensitive information like online banking or social media accounts. Hackers can easily cast their nets on unsecured connections and snag your data. If you must use public Wi-Fi, consider a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your traffic and add an extra layer of protection. Remember, public Wi-Fi is like a murky pond, teeming with unseen cyber-predators.

7. Be Wary of Texts and Calls: Don’t respond to suspicious text messages or unsolicited phone calls, especially those offering urgent wins or claiming technical issues. Verify the sender’s legitimacy through official channels before engaging. Remember, unexpected texts or calls could be smishing or vishing bait, trying to lure you into revealing personal information.

8. Report Relentlessly: If you suspect you’ve been hooked by a phishing, smishing, or vishing attempt, report it immediately to the relevant authorities and the official AFCON 2024 security team. Prompt action can help protect others from falling victim to these digital scams.

9. Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated about the latest phishing, smishing, and vishing tactics targeting major sporting events. Follow official communication channels and reliable news sources to stay ahead of the curve and avoid falling prey to these deceptive lures.

10. Spread the Word: Share these cybersecurity tips with fellow fans and raise awareness about the prevalence of phishing, smishing, and vishing scams during AFCON 2024. By working together, we can create a safe and secure digital environment for everyone to enjoy the beautiful game uninterrupted. Be an ambassador of cyber-hygiene, casting a wide net of awareness to protect the entire digital fishing community.


AFCON 2024 promises to be a thrilling celebration of football, but safeguarding your information during the tournament requires collective vigilance against digital anglers disguised as phishing, smishing, and vishing scams. By adopting these 10 essential tips, you can transform yourself from a potential catch into a skilled digital angler, skillfully navigating the online waters and enjoying the beautiful game with peace of mind. Remember, cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, so let’s play smart, stay informed, and work together

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.


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