Become a Hacker in Fifteen Minutes or Less?

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If ever there was a case to be made for using a personal VPN, this article on eSecurityPlanet is it. As CEO Kent Lawson noted a couple months ago when the results of the controlled experiment were first released, the study used a small group of volunteers with limited tech knowledge. They were asked to follow a simple tutorial using a man-in-the-middle (MITM) technique to hack into a computer network and obtain each others login details. They followed a fifteen minute online tutorial and then were able to download hacking software, opening access to login details, passwords, and online shopping accounts within a matter of minutes. One of the experts quoted in the piece says “the wide availability of free hacking tools is a real concern, and everyone is a target.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.