Monthly Archive: January 2014

AT&T, Verizon, and Credo to Publish Transparency Reports

With pressure mounting from civil liberties groups, public interest advocates and shareholders, AT&T, Verizon, and Credo will now publish annual transparency reports highlighting the government’s request for data collection and the impact it has on the population.

Federal Workers Are Not Protecting Their Mobile Devices

More than 40 percent of government employees are putting themselves and their agencies at risk with their mobile device habits, according to Cisco and the Mobile Work Exchange’s report “The 2014 Mobilometer Tracker: Mobility, Security, and the Pressure In Between.” As part of the study, an assessment tool called the Secure Mobilometer was developed to understand mobile (in)security and vulnerabilities.  The tool provided insight into the mobile device habits of government agency employees. The results show one singular truth: government employees and agencies need to take significant steps to secure confidential data.

Do Self-Destructing Messaging Apps Really Protect Your Privacy?

Over the past two years, a privacy backlash has been developing around the world.  According to the latest The Truth About Privacy study from McCann, especially those in younger age groups have become more selective about sharing their personal information online. That’s why they’ve moved to private apps such as Snapchat to connect with friends. But how much do they protect your online privacy?

Businesses (and Airports) are Tracking You

Businesses are tracking you. Airports are tracking you too. As you shop in your city or enjoy a preflight cocktail at the airport bar, tracking systems are watching you. They are able to do this by placing tracking sensors that use location data emitted by your cell phone when it has WiFi turned on.

Secure Payments: Is EMV for Me?

In light of recent credit card fraud incidents at national retailers such as Target and Neiman Marcus, Americans are looking to alternative technology to the standard magnetic strip used on credit cards, widely used since the 1960s.

EMV includes a chip, where the data is encrypted and much harder to access or duplicate. It offers more protection to consumers and reduces fraud risks than the somewhat ancient magnetic strip technology. So it is for you?

Is Your Car an Unsecured Public Hotspot?

Today, automobiles are outfitted with high-end wireless systems and gadgets, making car lovers and everyday consumers swoon. At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, car technology was at the forefront,  but the most important component to any new technology is security, and this piece seemed to be missing from the thrilling reveal at CES. These gadgets are just another way in which cybercriminals can gain access to your personal information.

Ready for Data Privacy Day? Take The My Privacy IQ Quiz

If you haven’t marked your calendar yet, Data Privacy Day (DPD) is less than one week away. On January 28th, we’re encouraging everyone to make protecting privacy and data a greater priority. PRIVATE WiFi has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance and countless other corporations, governments and organizations to empower the masses to own their online presence.

The EFF Has Your Back

The tide is changing online, and companies need to make a commitment to users that their information is just that, theirs. Helping with this promise is the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).  They have released an annual report titled, “Who Has Your Back?” taking a closer look at the privacy policies of major Internet companies. Read on to learn which companies are protecting your privacy.

Trend Micro Report: WiFi Users Are Careless About Security At Public Hotspots

How careful are you when you use WiFi hotspots?  How would you feel if you learned that you had just connected to an Evil Twin – a fake hotspot designed to steal your sensitive information? These are two of the questions Trend Micro got answers to in its 2013 Mobile Security Report.  What it found won’t be reassuring for anyone who uses public WiFi hotspots.