Author: Jared Howe

Hotel WiFi is a Favorite Place for Hackers

When we are traveling, there’s nothing more convenient than hotels offering WiFi so we can check our email and possibly even get a little work done. Since we usually pay a premium to access the hotel’s WiFi network, many of us probably assume that it must be secure.

Lookout Study Highlights Our Dependency On Our Smartphones

Did you know that while 94% of us are concerned about losing our phones (including 74% who feel panicked at even thinking about it), 6% of us actually feel relieved when we lose our phones, perhaps because we subconsciously want to unplug. Check out other interesting stats from a new survey that highlights just how addicted we are to our smartphones.

A Look at the White House’s Big Data Report

Last week, the Obama Administration released a 90-day study commissioned by the President on big data and privacy. This study was part of President Obama’s response to the NSA surveillance scandal and its aftermath. Led by White House counselor John Podesta, the report details concerns over how big data can be used to target consumers and lead to discrimination, among other things.

Survey: Teens Are Caring More About Online Privacy

Two new reports indicate that teenagers are savvier than their older peers in understanding how they can protect their privacy online and actually taking steps to do that. Plus, find out which site has overtaken Facebook as the most used website for their age group.

Hackers Steal Data from Microsoft and the Army

If companies like Microsoft can’t safeguard their own proprietary information, how well can they protect your information? Keep reading to find out what hackers allegedly did with popular video games such as “Call of Duty” and “Gears of War 3” as well as other software systems.

CSID Recommends Using a VPN to Stop Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

CSID, a company that offers identity protection for businesses, released a white paper entitled “When Good Technology Goes Bad: Evolution of Mobile Technology,” which describes how our culture has been completely transformed by mobile technology and public WiFi networks. So what can you do to stay safe? Check out the advice and tips from CSID.

Sophos’ Warbiking Campaign Shows Insecurities In Wireless Connections

IT firm Sophos wanted to find out whether people were connecting to wireless networks securely and identified 72,000 wireless networks around San Francisco in a matter of days. How did these networks fare when it comes to WiFi security? Who is using the best security? And HOW many connected to Sophos’s fake public WiFi network?

Digital by Design: Your Secret Consumer Scores and How They Are Used Against You

How likely are you to lose your job? What are the odds that you will take that medication your doctor prescribed to you? Are you the kind of person who will take your business to a competitor?

These are not just abstract questions. They are actual secret “consumer scores” that big data compiles on you and every adult in the U.S. to help companies and the government predict your behavior.