Monthly Archive: May 2012

scam artists

How Scam Artists Use Dating Sites

Last month three of the main online dating sites developed a new tool to help site users from becoming the victim of such scams., and Spark Networks recently announced that they will begin screening for online predators.  While many have focused on the fact that this will include screening for sexual predators, we would like to focus on another type of predator they will be working to root out; scam artists.

From the Guardian to Chicago Sun-Times, Personal VPN Recommendations Keep Coming

We’ve heard from The Huffington Post, we’ve heard from The New York Times, but this latest recommendation to use a personal virtual private network (VPN) is definitely the best and most direct so far:

“Well, why are you sending data in clear text over open networks, anyway? You should never ever do that.”

So states the Chicago Sun-Times, the latest major media outlet to come out with an endorsement for a personal VPN like Private WiFi.


Cell Phone Companies Sell Your Information to the Police

Did you know that cell phone companies routinely sell personal cell phone data to the police without a warrant or any oversight at all?

If you’re like most Americans, you probably know nothing about it.

No one outside of law enforcement and the cell phone companies know exactly what information is being exchanged and how often. Congress and the courts have no idea either.

And the cell phone companies are fighting very hard to keep it that way.

FBI Warns Travelers Abroad: Watch Out for Wifi Crime at Hotel Hotspots

This month, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center issued a stark warning to travelers abroad. It said hackers are targeting hotel guests using pop-up windows laden with malware while they’re trying to connect to the Internet.  If you use hotel Wifi hotspots when you travel, find out what you need to know to avoid getting burned.


Video: Public WiFi Insecurity, Hackers, and Why a Personal VPN Is So Important

The problem of hacking and wireless crime is only getting worse, and getting worse fast, according to a local Florida news station.

This local news video warns that “if you are on an untrusted network, don’t trust it,” and that’s wise advice whether you’re traveling internationally or simply working at your local coffee shop.

Indeed, as we’ve long pointed out, WiFi hotspots are inherently unsafe and the only true protection is a personal VPN like Private WiFi. A personal VPN will encrypt your information and keep hackers from stealing what no one else should see.

Washington Post Recommends Personal VPN

In a new travel article in The Washington Post‘s Lifestyle section, the author points out the issues involved with traveling abroad and using our smartphones.

One of the points raised is that travelers need to first find a hotspot and “as at home, you’ll be at the mercy of the vagaries of wireless signals.”

Unisys Study Finds WiFi Security Risks, Recommends Personal VPNs

A new study out of New Zealand has highlighted the huge security risks for those accessing wireless networks.

In an accompanying interview, the study’s author shares many of the same sentiments that we report on regularly:

“There is an ever-expanding range of WiFi-enabled devices…add this to the bevy of free WiFi access in high traffic public places, such as cafes, airports, fast food outlets and shopping centres, and you get a landscape that is ripe for cybercriminals.”

Professor Uses Online, Offline Data to Connect the Dots Of Your Digital Life

Even before its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, Facebook was home to more than 60 billion photos and was adding about 250 million more each day.

But what if those photos — even your photos — could lead people to identity you offline?

Last year, a Carnegie Mellon University researcher conducted an experiment by “connecting the dots” in people’s digital lives via off-the-shelf facial-recognition software. The researcher, Alessandro Acquisiti, was able to match subjects whose photos were posted on a dating site to their profile photos on Facebook.