Monthly Archive: May 2013

10 Identity Theft Protection Tips from the ITRC

While there is no way to completely prevent identity theft from happening to you, there are many ways you can minimize your risk. Keeping this goal in mind, the Identity Theft Resource Center developed these 10 ID Theft Protection Tips to help you protect yourself from identity theft.

Read on to discover what steps you can take to step your identity safe.

Data Breaches Cost Companies More Money, Study Finds

When companies suffer a data breach or similar hack into their systems, they lose more than their good reputation and positive brand value — they also lose a whole lot of money. A new study finds that “malicious” breaches cost an average of $840,000, while “non-malicious” data breaches cost an average of $470,000. Read on to learn what companies are doing to protect themselves — and their customers!

Stop WiFi Snoopers with a VPN: PRIVATE WiFi on WPIX NY

As WPIX NY reporter James Ford explains, “Public WIFi is a great and helpful tool and coverage is expanding… but also expanding is its potential danger to you.”

Most people don’t realize that public WiFi are just radio waves, similar to the type that you can listen to in your car. And just as easy as it is to find your favorite station, a hacker can use public WiFi to listen in on you!

Read on to find out how you can use a VPN like PRIVATE WiFi to stop WiFi snoopers from spying on your data on public WiFi.

Health Data Breaches Multiply; Canadian Hospital, Department of Veterans Affairs Both Hit With Lawsuits

Just when you think it’s safe to provide your Social Security number on your doctor’s intake forms, another wave of medical data breaches crashes over our hopeful heads and reminds us that less (personal detail) is more.

Read on to learn which medical centers are affected now — and about two new “medical data breach” lawsuits against a Canadian hospital and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Twitter Chat Sponsored by ITRC and PRIVATE WiFi Raises Awareness of Public WiFi Dangers

Earlier this month, PRIVATE WiFi and The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) co-hosted the monthly ID Theft Twitter Chat. The ITRC hosts these monthly events in an effort to engage consumers in discussion about the issues surrounding identity theft. As the ITRC believes that cyber security is an important part of protecting from identity theft, the issue of public WiFi is of of utmost importance. Many of the participants felt as strongly about the risks of WiFi usage and there was a lot of great input.

Read on to discover the highlights of the chat.

Hacked in the Subway: PRIVATE WiFi Featured on WNBC

“Turns out free WiFi has a price,” explained WNBC New York’s Andrew Siff in a recent segment.

As public WiFi connections expand in New York City’s subway system, Siff recognized the security implications. To get a better understanding, he spent some time underground with PRIVATE WiFi’s CEO Kent Lawson and Product Growth Manager Raj Devjani.

According to WNBC, “Computer security experts say the same advice that applies at coffee shops and parks and other places where you can tap into free hotspots needs to be reinforced underground… Experts recommend that riders… [on] public Wi-Fi should use a VPN, or virtual private network, to protect their correspondence.”

The FBI and SOeC Endorse VPNs for Securing Mobile Devices

Securing Our eCity Foundation (SOeC), in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has developed a Public Service Announcement featuring five tips for keeping yourself safe on your mobile device.

In this PSA, airing on San Diego’s NBC 7, FBI Special Agent Darell Foxworth states, “Securing your mobile device is essential to keep your data out of the hands of crooks.”

Agent Foxworth provides the following steps for protected yourself:

  1. Lock your device with a passcode.
  2. When using public WiFi, limit using e-mail, social networking, shopping, and banking, unless you have a secure Virtual Private Network, or VPN.
  3. Keep your device up to date. When software patches are available, use them.
  4. Avoid questionable apps, and only download from trusted sources.
  5. Always back up your data.

Risky Signals: 5 Reasons Why the Free WiFi Headed to Boston-Area Payphones This Summer Isn’t Wicked Smaht

Pending city approval, free WiFi is expected to hit the streets of Boston this summer, turning about 16 existing pay phones into wireless hacking hotspots.

The hotspots will offer ongoing Internet access for an unlimited amount of time at no cost to users or taxpayers — but does the city know what it’s potentially doing to its throngs of residents, students, and tourists? Keep reading to learn the top four reasons this isn’t such a good idea.

WiFi Worries: Study Finds Popular Home Routers Are Vulnerable to Hacking

When WiFi users complain about getting hacked on their home networks, it’s often the result of their own careless wireless behavior — everything from using simple passwords to outdated security. But a new study reveals that home WiFi users aren’t the only ones responsible for some very serious wireless security problems. Thirteen of the most popular home and small office routers have critical security vulnerabilities that could create major risks to users — risks that are out of their control.

Find out which routers you should watch out for and what you can do to protect your online security.

25,000 Facebook Likes: Why Our Fans Like Us!

Last week, we celebrated a big milestone: the PRIVATE WiFi Facebook community grew beyond 25,000 Likes. Our fans have been extraordinary over the past few years; engaged, they care about WiFi privacy and security, as well as our VPN solution. We wanted to thank them and we did!

Asking the simple question, “What do you like about the PRIVATE WiFi page?” we encouraged our fans to share their responses with us. Then we selected 25 fans to win a free year of PRIVATE WiFi!

We got some incredible comments; so amazing that we just had to share them with all of you. 

Below are our 25 winners and their reasons for “liking” us. We hope that you will “Like” us, too!

Identity Theft and Public WiFi Twitter Chat: Thursday, 5/2

Public WiFi use is growing, but are you aware of the dangers? During Thursday, May 2’s #IDTheftChat, co-hosted by the Identity Theft Resource Center (@ITRCSD) and Private WiFi (@privatewifi), we will explain that public WiFi is not secure and how using public WiFi can lead to identity theft.  Please join us for May’s edition of identity theft twitter chat!