Monthly Archive: September 2012

As Cash Vanishes from Our Lives, Online Identity Theft Is Skyrocketing

Have you noticed that cash is rapidly disappearing from your life? Bills and coins account for only 7% of transactions in the U.S. economy, compared to 9% in the Eurozone.  But while a cashless society may be lucrative for banks and convenient for consumers, it’s neither private nor secure. As cash dematerializes, identity theft is going through the roof. Find out how you can avoid becoming a victim.

Department of Justice Fighting Back Against Cybercrime

Last week, Lanny Breuer, the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s criminal division gave a speech in which he said U.S. banks have a duty to disclose cyber security breaches in order to protect its customers’ privacy and our nation’s security. Read on to learn more about what he told the audience at Fordham Law School.

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From BEAST to CRIME: Another Attack Exposes HTTPS Vulnerability

You might remember how a few months ago we detailed how HTTPS (or secure web browsing) is not really as secure as it seems. Last fall, two security researchers demonstrated a program they called BEAST that allows hackers to gain access to restricted user accounts.

Well, the same researchers have found another vulnerability in HTTPS. And this one may be even worse than the first.

Why HTTPS Is Not Secure

But first, let’s provide a little background on HTTPS.

 

Hotspots in Strange Places Show We Need to Connect Wherever We Are

By 2015, the number of public Wifi hotspots dotting the planet will reach a staggering 5.8 million. Most of them will be in the usual spots where we travel, work and play.  But that doesn’t seem to be enough for some intrepid Wifi explorers. They’re searching for locations off the beaten path where they can set up hotspots and connect.  And they’re doing it in some pretty far out places.

 

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What’s a VPN and why should I have one?

I expect a large number of people have heard the initials VPN, and most of those understand that it is related to having a secure connection, and is usually related to connecting to work resources.  VPN means Virtual Private Network, and if you look it up on Wikipedia, you will find a large amount of information about the technology, its specifications, and history.  But, the important fact for us users is that VPN technology allows us to use public networks, such as the Internet, in a manner that keeps the information we are sending and receiving on our computer encrypted and secure from others using the Internet.

 

PRIVATE WiFi (TM) Announces its New and Innovative Facebook Page to Help Engage and Educate Consumers About the Dangers of Public WiFi

Private Communications Corporation, makers of PRIVATE WiFi, a new and innovative product in the security software market, today announced it has developed the most advanced Facebook page to date. The new Facebook page will provide consumers with a simple and sure avenue of staying informed about the dangers of using public WiFi services, all from entirely within the social network they know and love. With integrated WordPress functionality and advanced tab features, it is conveniently designed to give consumers a sense of community and engagement by allowing users to interact on topics on privacy and identity theft.

Federal Judge Rules That Wifi Sniffing is Perfectly Legal

You probably remember the famous court case last year in which Google was accused of wiretapping because its “street view” cars gathered fragments of Internet traffic from unencrypted wifi networks across the country.

This ruling seemed to indicate that anyone who “sniffed” or looked at unencrypted data on an open wifi network was committing the crime of wiretapping.

A federal judge in Illinois may have set a new precedent by ruling the exact opposite way in a recent court case. Read on for more startling details.

 

PRIVATE WiFi Launches Cutting-Edge Facebook Page to Bring Privacy Resource to the Social Network

Privacy is always an issue for the users of Facebook. Developing a first of its kind Facebook Page, PRIVATE WiFi is proud to launch its pioneering custom applications geared to better inform consumers about the dangers of public WiFi. Integrating the WordPress functionality of its private-i blog, the page is designed to give Facebook users a sense of community and engagement as they explore topics of privacy and identity theft.

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Staying Safe on Ebay

For over ten years eBay has been used by consumers to find deals on the things they want as well as an affordable way to sell items, whether you are cleaning out your attic or starting a small business. But like with most things online, you need to know the facts in order to avoid those who wish to scam you and take your money.

 

‘Consumer Reports’ Unveils More Ways That Scam Artists Use Technology to Rip People Off

It’s already painfully obvious that identity thieves and cyber crooks are getting better at coming up with ways to rip us off. While it’s easy to feel one step ahead by using a personal VPN like Private WiFi and installing the most updated antivirus and firewall software on the market, sometimes we do, well, dumb things.

And thieves are hoping they can pounce when we’re not paying attention, cleverly exploiting all kinds of new technology to find fresh ways to steal our financial identity. Read on to find out why Consumer Reports says “fraud operates like a business these days.”

In fact, a new Consumer Reports study out this month reveals various ways hackers and crooks are using technology to steal from unsuspecting people.

Nearly 10,000 Malicious Websites Are Discovered Every Day: Tools to Protect Yourself Today

A couple of months ago, Google revealed that they discover 9,500 new malicious websites every day.

Also each day, over 12 million Google search queries contain at least one hacked website.

Google discovered these startling facts through its Safe Browsing Initiative, which they founded five years ago in an effort to clean up the Internet and keep their users safe from viruses, Trojan horses, and the like.

Are you at risk from these malicious websites? Read on to find out what these malicious websites can do and how you can protect yourself.