Riskiest Popular Tourist Attractions for Phone Threats?

The following is from Skycure which calls itself a “mobile threat defense company that detects and prevents cyber attacks.” Just to be clear, FareCompare does not endorse any product but thought you’d find this interesting.

Phone Threats While Traveling

Sometimes the biggest travel risk to a phone is somebody swiping it, a very common travel scams. Skycure has different risks in mind.

According to the company’s press release, analysts studied the world’s most popular tourist attractions and identified “actual network threats that hit mobile devices” over the past year and looked at the exposure of personal and corporate information. As Skycure’s CEO Adi Sharabani pointed out, “When you’re in a high-traffic area like these famous destinations, you’re a target for hackers. Unlike your computer, your phone is always on.”

How to reduce risk: According to Skycure, avoid becoming a victim by avoiding “Free WiFi” networks, taking time to read warnings that pop up on devices and disconnecting from a network if a phone or tablet acts weird.

Riskiest Tourist Attractions for Phones?

Are these the top 10 riskiest attractions for phone threats? We don’t know but Skycure thinks the potential is there. Their top 10 ‘riskiest’ list:

  1. Times Square, New York City, NY
  2. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
  3. Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallee, France
  4. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
  5. Ocean Park, Hong Kong
  6. Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, NV
  7. Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, CA\
  8. Union Station, Washington DC
  9. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA
  10. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA

Skycure calls this list the ‘safest’ attractions for phone threats:

  1. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  2. Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan
  3. Great Wall of China
  4. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Austrelia
  5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC/TN, USA

FareCompare’s Advice

Whether you’re at a popular attraction, a boring attraction or anywhere at all – our advice is always the same no matter what the risk: Use your common sense. Stay alert and always be aware of your surroundings. If your phone is acting strangely, yes, get off the network and/or shut off the device and for goodness sakes, don’t leave a phone sitting out on a sidewalk café table where anyone walking by could grab it and run.


Updated: August 19, 2015