Monthly Archive: November 2011

Video: Is That Wifi Spot Legit?

Great quote in this local news video: “They say locks are for honest people. You know what I mean, and it’s the same thing with the Internet.”

This is a good reminder that wireless in airports and hotels could be fake, and although the news clip doesn’t mention using a personal VPN like PRIVATE WiFi, it does discuss other security measures.

Tis the Season to Get Hacked: Don’t Become a Holiday Cybercrime Victim

It’s that time of year again.  Cyber Monday, the day after Thanksgiving weekend, is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.  And  cyber grinches have your personal financial information on their holiday shopping list. Find out what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of holiday cybercrime.

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday: 5 Tips to Avoid Online Credit Fraud

Want to score some hot deals this Black Friday? Sure you do, but what steps are you taking to make sure you don’t also score the attention of hackers and other cyber-thieves? Implement these five tips to ensure smooth and safe online shopping:

  1. Use a personal VPN. Having your transactions encrypted with a personal VPN like PRIVATE WiFi is the most recommended way to surf online in wireless hotspots. So if you plan to score deals while in a public wifi environment — say, while waiting for your flight at the airport or just hanging out at your favorite coffee shop — use a personal VPN to prevent hackers from sniffing your sensitive financial data.

Are Your Shared Files At Risk on a Hotel Wifi Network?

One of the things we’re always told to do when using public wifi in a hotel (or any other place) is to turn off file sharing. Okay, that sounds like a smart thing to do, but what exactly does it entail? And can someone on the same wifi network we are on actually access our files? Click the headline above to find out what you need to do before your next hotel stay!

$14 Million Fraud Over ‘Clickjacking’ IRS, Apple Links

What’s a “clickjacking scheme” and how did it go on to infect more than 4 million computers to the tune of $14 million dollars? The scheme started four years ago and involved seven men who allegedly used multiple scam companies, including a bogus online advertising agency, according to the 62-page indictment.

Klout: Measuring Social Influence While Invading Your Privacy

It might sound like harmless: Klout is an online ranking and measuring tool that uses an algorithm to determine a user’s influence in the social sphere. Monitoring activity on sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, Klout ranks users and gives them a score that indicates how influential they are to their social community. Now, as most social tools, Klout is facing privacy troubles.

Study: Kids Are 51 Times More At Risk for Identity Theft Than Adults

A new Carnegie Mellon CyLab study has found that kids under the age of 18 are 51 times more likely to become victims of identity theft than their parents. Tracking more than 40,000 juveniles revealed that 10.2% — or 4,311 kids — fell prey to some sort of identity theft or fraud, compared to just 0.2% of adults. This website reports on the CyLab results and says “the main reason minors’ identities are so valuable — specifically their Social Security numbers — is that there’s no process in place to double check what name and birth date are officially attached to each number [so] as long as the identity thief has a Social Security number with a clean history, the thief can attach any name and date of birth to it.”

FTC Settles With Kids’ Social Networking Site, Online Advertiser Network

The Federal Trade Commission has reached two privacy settlements with the following online companies:

  • Skid-e-kids, a social networking site for children. The FTC accused the site of collecting personal information from 5,600 kids without parental permission. This is a violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act that forbids Internet companies from allowing children under 13 to register and provide personal information (date of birth, email address, home address, first and last name, etc.).