Monthly Archive: July 2014

Rethinking the Security of Health and Fitness Apps

It might be hard to envision life before the convenience of portable devices emerged on the market. Providing everything from instant connectivity and access to information, tablets and smartphones can feel like we’re carrying a portable personal assistant everywhere we go.

But one trend emerging in the mobile device market does have its critics raising the alarm for personal security, and that’s the high numbers of consumers who use health and fitness apps. These apps, which track our healthy habits and exercise information, seem like a great way to foster a healthy lifestyle, but the reality has industry experts a little concerned.

‘Free Social WiFi’ Isn’t Exactly Free

The idea behind the concept of social WiFi is pretty simple: merchants offer free WiFi service to customers who visit their stores in exchange for customers logging into their network using their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts, or by giving the merchant their email address.

But what do you trade in exchange for logging into the merchant’s social WiFi network?

Facial Recognition: The Scariest Privacy Issue

No one doubts that biometric identification is a powerful tool with many possible applications. But there’s a downside to this technology: in essence, our faces can now be used for government tracking and surveillance that was not possible until now. And there are few safeguards currently in place to curb excessive use of this tool.

Wireless Safety Tips for Travelers from PRIVATE WiFi and STOP.THINK.CONNECT.: [INFOGRAPHIC]

Warning: There is an invisible safety threat that you will encounter on your next vacation. No matter where you are going or when, you will likely encounter WiFi on your journey. While the convenience of such a connection is alluring to any vacationer, understanding the dangers associated with using that wireless hotspot are paramount and it is up to you to protect yourself.

Zone Alarm Highlights the Risks of Public WiFi

A shocking two thirds of us (64%) have little or no concern about connection to public WiFi networks, despite the fact that everything we do on these networks can be viewed and stolen by others. Check out a study by Zone Alarm, which highlights three of the biggest risks on public WiFi: man-in-the-middle attacks, rogue WiFi networks, and packet sniffers.

In Unanimous Opinion, SCOTUS Defends Cell Phone Privacy

In a landmark decision for digital privacy, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that warrantless searches of cell phones are not permitted by the Fourth Amendment. The Court looked at two cases to see if the warrantless searches of the defendants’ cell phones were reasonable and allowed under the Fourth Amendment. The Court ruled that they were not reasonable, but allowed for exemptions in emergency situations, such as preventing a terrorist act.

CBS News: WiFi Hotspots ‘Hotbed for Hacker Activity’

In a compelling new video clip, CBS News praises the merits of PRIVATE WiFi and highlights the increasing awareness among security-savvy consumers to protect their data in wireless hotspots. Watch as CBS News’ Jericka Duncan gets her email credentials — including user name and password — literally stolen out of thin air.

Don’t Be Evil: San Francisco Artist Spoofs Google’s Free WiFi

A San Francisco media artist named Harris David Harris has created a fake public WiFi network that looked very much like the free one that Google offers to its employees who take private shuttles to and from work in Silicon Valley. His “d0ntb33vil” project — which mimics Google’s motto — also serves as his MFA thesis project in the Digital Arts and New Media program at UC Santa Cruz.

Instead of getting Internet access, Google employees saw an image of the sidewalk in front of them.