Experts warn of the risks of illegally streaming sports and films

Helping people find a safe way to watch the shows they love

A brand new initiative called BeStreamWise has been launched to raise awareness of the dangers that can come with illegally streaming TV, sports and films.

With the cost of living hitting us all, we’re all looking for a way to indulge in the entertainment we love at a fraction of the price. But illegal streams are not the solution. Although illegal streaming may seem harmless at first, if you use illegal methods, there is a risk of criminals gaining access to your devices.

This can lead to all kinds of problems, such as viruses on your devices, identity theft, and even sharing your personal information with scammers and hackers, which could escalate into fraud.

BeStreamWise is a partnership between groups such as FACT, The Intellectual Property Office, Sky, ITV, BBC and BASE, which aims to ensure you know the risks of illegally streaming content.

They want to raise awareness of the dangers you face and advocate for ways you can find safer options to enjoy the content you love.

According to recent studies, more than 2.7 million illegal streamers have had their devices infected with viruses in Britain. A separate survey also found that 32 percent of people who stream illegally in Britain say they or someone they know has fallen victim to fraud, scams or identity theft as a result.

Scammers and hackers regularly use devices like Amazon Firesticks that are pre-loaded or easily customized to access illegal streams and are sold for a fraction of the price of legitimate methods. By purchasing these types of devices, you expose yourself to many dangers.

Illegal streaming sites provide free access to copyrighted content, while links to similar content can also be shared via social media platforms. Sites and apps are often used to deliver dangerous or malicious content, such as malware, advanced scams, and extreme/explicit content.

When consumers provide personal information, such as email addresses or payment details, to join these illegal streaming sites, they should be aware that they are sharing their data with criminal organizations. However, the knowledge of how dangerous these sites can be is still new to many people.

In fact, one in ten people (from a survey of 2,000 people conducted by Opinium) think there is no risk at all when it comes to illegally streaming content.

To change that way of thinking and open people’s eyes to how dangerous it can be, BeStreamWise has put together a list of top tips that can help you identify any risks associated with streaming from an illegal site and why you should it is better to avoid these. at any price.

Online pop-up ads

Beware of online pop-up ads and ads for online streaming services. Check their legitimacy independently by researching the brand. An easy way to do this is to search the provider’s name next to ‘SCAM’ to find information about it. When it comes to scams, you can find feedback about them online.

Only use legitimate services to watch TV, sports and movie content. If you’re not sure, it’s best to check.

Never share your financial information online or elsewhere unless you are sure

Be wary of ads that use urgency or other pressure techniques to get you to buy or subscribe. Don’t act in the heat of the moment. It is always best to verify their official website or their customer service before deciding to make payment.

Choose your password carefully

Always make sure you use a variety of numbers, letters and special characters in your password so that it is difficult to detect. The use of multi-factor authentication also provides an extra layer of protection.

Check your bank statements regularly

Always keep an eye on your bank statements so you can spot any suspicious activity.

Scams come in different forms

It’s not just an internet pop-up. Scams can come in any form, be it email, text, and even social media. Spot the signals like scammers asking for money or even links to open attachments. Check it again every time and don’t send the message if you have the slightest doubt.

If you notice signs that a scam may be underway or have information that suggests someone is a scammer, you can contact the police who will act quickly to keep everyone as safe as possible.

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