Author: Jared Howe

What Dick Cheney’s Pacemaker Tells Us about Wireless Vulnerabilities

Dick Cheney received a pacemaker in 2007, and he was concerned enough to ensure that doctors removed its wireless capabilities in case any terrorist could gain access to it. These details are revealed in a new book called Heart, written both by Cheney and his cardiologist.

This news from Cheney reveals the hard truth about wireless devices or anything connected to a network: it’s always possible to hack into it.

How Advertisers Track You on Your Smartphone

Smartphone advertising is the new frontier. Up until now, many advertisers had no way to access user data via a smartphone, so most advertising has been a shot in the dark. But all that has changed. Keep reading to find out how they are using your data — and how it affects your online privacy.

Is Google Wiretapping You?

As you probably know by now, if you use Gmail, Google has maintained that their users should have no expectations of privacy when they use Google’s services. But now Google has been accused of wiretapping in a federal trial in Silicon Valley, and the outcome of this trial could have profound implications not just for email companies, but for any company who scans user information to serve third-party ads.


Is That Health App on Your Smartphone Compromising Your Privacy?

Do you use a mobile app to track a health-related issue like diet, exercise, or illness? You’re typically handing over very private information that most of us would not want anyone else to know about — but is that information really private?

Check out the results of a sobering study from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and find out the truth for yourself!

Droidsheep: Firesheep in Droid’s Clothing

Remember Firesheep and FaceNiff? Well here comes Droidsheep, which works just like Firesheep, except the target is your Android smartphone. Available through open-sourced software online, Droidsheep enables hackers to session hijack by intercepting unencrypted session ID cookies from websites like Facebook over public wifi networks.

Learn more about Droidsheep and how you can use a VPN to protect your data.

PRIVATE WiFi Announces New VPN App for Smartphones and Tablets to Protect Against the Threats of Public Wi-Fi

Private Communications Corporation, makers of PRIVATE WiFi, a new and innovative product in the security software market, today announced its new personal VPN application for smartphones and tablets. The company will introduce the new VPN app for Android and Apple® iOS devices, including the new iPad® mini and iPhone® 5. A personal VPN app for Windows 8 phones and tablets will soon follow.

Is Public WiFi Safe?

In the past year public Wi-Fi usage has gone up 240%, but the questions we should be asking: do we need to protect ourselves when we use it and how can be keep ourselves secure? A recent survey by the Identity Theft Resource Center in conjunction with PRIVATE WiFi indicates that 79% of respondents believe that free wireless can lead to identity theft. The findings are clear: a personal VPN is your best line of defense.


Remember the uproar over SOPA a few months ago? Don’t look now, but there’s another bill currently being debated in the House of Representatives that some people are calling the next SOPA.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the cyber-security legislation Friday, despite claims from privacy groups and technology experts.


What Is WiFi?

If you’ve been in an airport, Starbucks, library or hotel recently, chances are good that you’ve been right in the middle of a wireless network. WiFi operates in more than 750,000 hotspots around the world. You also most likely have a wireless router/access point in your home which uses exactly the same technology.


WEP, WPA, WPA2 and Home Security

WEP and WPA are types of security that are used to protect wireless networks, including the one you may be using at home. This white paper provides details of each, and suggests why you might be safer using one over the other.

online tracking

What They Know About You

Do you know that when you visit any website, the website collects personal, identifiable information about you? Did you know that advertisers that post ads on those websites can use that information to track you as you surf the Internet? Most of us don’t really have any idea what information is being collected about us and what websites are doing with this information. What you don’t know may surprise and frighten you, because websites can identify you in many different ways, even if you take steps to protect your identity.

online privacy

Online Privacy and Behavior Profiling

Most of us are concerned about websites collecting information about us and using it for behavioral advertising. Further, we desire control over the collection and use of information about us, but we lack the knowledge and understanding about data collection practices and policies. This paper outlines the ways in which websites collect data from consumers, and what they do with it.