Earlier this year, the FTC declared a critical announcement for travelers: hotel WiFi is dangerous. Many people assume that because they are paying for it the network must be safe, but that is a dangerous assumption. Hotel WiFi networks are completely insecure; the bad news is that a new exposure in hotel WiFi has just been found. Read more to find out how you can keep yourself protected.
Author: Alok Kapur
“WiFi footprint” is a simple term for a complex issue: the exploding pace of WiFi hotspot creation is not abating and soon a roamable, global alternative network will become our reality.
In a world seemingly saturated in WiFi, the notion of autoconnecting to these networks might seem appealing. However, whether using a laptop or mobile device, security threats remain a constant.
As we continue to rely on the precarious mix of mobile banking & payments, mobile apps, and public WiFi hotspots, it’s perhaps not such a surprise that online bank fraud is escalating. Quite a bit of this fraud is perpetrated by malicious apps that users inadvertently download on their mobile devices. App developers with malicious intent have become quite adept at concealing the surreptitious nature of these apps.
WiFi in schools has been happening with much enthusiasm all over the country. So recent news that the Federal Communications Commission will spend $2 billion to boost wireless Internet connectivity in U.S. schools and libraries during the next two years should be a good thing, right?
While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called it a “watershed moment” to give wireless access to 10 million kids, give or take, privacy experts are raising a collective eyebrow.
Privacy expectations have been evolving or changing for several years. As younger generations become more comfortable sharing personal information with less expectation that it will remain private, it’s no secret that our online privacy expectations are fading fast.
What does “mobile first, cloud first” mean for your online privacy? Mobile devices will get increasingly fast and easy to use. Security is going to be paramount given the threats with all this information being in the cloud. Information leakage on the cloud or exposure to hackers is still a very big threat without the use of a personal VPN. Find out what emerging mobile philosophies might be explored at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and how it affects your online privacy.
Just a couple days ago, our team here was rehashing some of our biggest privacy and security topics — but the question we should be asking ourselves is not what’s the big story of 2013 – but what are the silent threats of 2014? Keep reading to learn where millions of silent security threats are lurking and what you can do to stay safe in the new year.