Monthly Archive: August 2011


How Thieves Use Facebook

It was only a matter of time before Facebook was penetrated by thieves ready to exploit the popular network for their own gain.   There are a few ways that thieves obtain information through Facebook which if consumers are aware of, they are much more likely to be able to protect themselves.

Cold Huddled Masses: Free Wifi Arrives Near Statue of Liberty

Immortalized in the poem of Emma Lazarus, a poem on the Statue of Liberty pedestal says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” A new kind of free has arrived nearby: free WiFi. New Yorkers can now access WiFi free of charge at Battery Bosque and the ferry landing in Battery Park, which is near Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and other harbor activities. According to Marketwatch, the launch is part of a five-year digital initiative to provide free WiFi at 26 locations in 20 New York City parks across the five boroughs.

Event Management Snafu: Cyber-Attacker Dumps Logins for 18,000 Customers, U.S. Employees

Nearly 18,000 customers of, a professional trade-show management company, have had their usernames, passwords, and email addresses hacked. More than 14,000 organizations affiliated with were involved, with approximately 13,322 passwords and 17,590 email addresses in the file; 11,358 of the passwords had a username associated with them. The company has shut its website temporarily until “all passwords have been changed,” according to a statement posted on its site. The company also posted a sign that it does not “save credit card numbers, so that is not an issue.” Oh, but what is the issue? Click above to see which high-level government agencies were affected in this widespread hacking.

Flying Naked: Why Airplane Wifi Is So Unsafe

WiFi in airplanes is expensive — up to $12.95 for a single flight. So one can assume that those who use it have important, and probably confidential, information that they need to communicate. However, the fact is that wifi in airplanes is just as insecure as free wifi offered in your corner coffee shop. Read on to learn why.

Become a Hacker in Fifteen Minutes or Less?

If ever there was a case to be made for using a personal VPN, this article on eSecurityPlanet is it. As CEO Kent Lawson noted a couple months ago when the results of the controlled experiment were first released, the study used a small group of volunteers with limited tech knowledge. They were asked to follow a simple tutorial using a man-in-the-middle (MITM) technique to hack into a computer network and obtain each other’s login details. They followed a 14-minute online tutorial and then were able to download hacking software, opening access to login details, passwords, and online shopping accounts within a matter of minutes. One of the experts quoted in the piece says “the wide availability of free hacking tools is a real concern, and everyone is a target.”

Facebook Puts Privacy in the Forefront with New Settings

It may have been the pressure of the growing Google + social network and its “Circles” privacy feature; or maybe it was just Facebook actually listening to user concerns. But no matter what triggered it, on Tuesday the social giant, Facebook, announced a massive redesign of its privacy features that were rolled out just yesterday.

PRIVATE WiFi Overhauls Private-i

Private WiFi has just completely revamped the private-i section on their site where you can find cutting edge information about security issues, identity theft, the latest research and insights, and actual terms and conditions from various public WiFi networks.

Hustler’s Larry Flynt on the Illusion of Online Privacy

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt has written a short essay on The Huffington Post about the illusions of online privacy. The article is worth a read before you breeze over the Terms & Conditions in order to join a social media site, or eagerly sign away your online privacy in order to play a game like Farmville. Click the headline above to read more insights from his article.

New Data Spill Shows Risk of Online Health Records

An eye-opening Associated Press article suggests that even the most well-designed online medical systems are not safe. Several experts point out that “the human element is the weakest link” when it comes to having our Social Security numbers and medical histories online. The article interviews those who have been affected by medical data breaches and now worry that hackers may have spotted their information online and tagged them for future financial scams. One of the victims in the AP article here says the prospect of all health records going electronic — which federal law mandates should happen by 2014 — “scares the living hell out of me.”