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Burner phones and tablets: how paranoid should I be?

Old May 12, 15, 2:17 pm
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Burner phones and tablets: how paranoid should I be?

I remember reading somewhere that when NBC staff were sent to Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics, the network's IT experts advised them to use "burners," ie cheap, throwaway tablets and smartphones, instead of their usual devices while they were in Russia. Is this something ordinary American tourists have to worry about?
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Old May 12, 15, 7:16 pm
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Originally Posted by milehound View Post
I remember reading somewhere that when NBC staff were sent to Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics, the network's IT experts advised them to use "burners," ie cheap, throwaway tablets and smartphones, instead of their usual devices while they were in Russia. Is this something ordinary American tourists have to worry about?
Journalists who went to cover the Sochi Olympics seemed to be instructed to look for problems in Russia instead of covering the games. I recall vaguely the advice you mention here and I found it ridiculous and amusingly paranoid when I first heard it. Why not use your regular devices? Because there is a threat someone might hack your phone? Well, it can happen anywhere, most recently in Toronto.

When traveling overseas and even in the US, the usual precaution applies: donít happily join every free wifi spot you can find.
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Old May 14, 15, 12:25 pm
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Journalists who went to cover the Sochi Olympics seemed to be instructed to look for problems in Russia instead of covering the games. I recall vaguely the advice you mention here and I found it ridiculous and amusingly paranoid when I first heard it. Why not use your regular devices? Because there is a threat someone might hack your phone? Well, it can happen anywhere, most recently in Toronto.

When traveling overseas and even in the US, the usual precaution applies: donít happily join every free wifi spot you can find.
Thanks for the advice. I had planned on confining my internet use to my hotel and using my GPS enabled device for geotagging my happy snaps during an upcoming trip to St Petersburg. I know about the dangers of public wifi throughout the world and I already use a VPN for sensitive sites or watching Netflix.
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