Category: News & Features

Mobile Privacy: Would You Pay $5 Per App to Protect Sensitive Personal Information?

A new study shows that smartphone owners are significantly more protective over the content of their text messages and personal contact lists than personal location or ID number data. Why would they pay $4.05 per app to protect their contact lists but only $1.19 to protect their personal location?

Does this study indicate the potential for “full disclosure” of how apps use personal information, similar to the labeling of food contents in grocery stores? Perhaps this could be mutually beneficial to consumers and app developers, where a consumer with high value of privacy could buy a relatively expensive app that places a premium on protecting their personal information.

Data Privacy Day Kick-Off Event Tackles the Big Privacy Issues

It was a cold, harsh day in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, January 28, but that didn’t stop more than 100 attendees from the privacy and technology sector from gathering at the Pew Charitable Trusts for Data Privacy Day (DPD) 2014, sponsored by Stay Safe Online. As a first-time small business sponsor, PRIVATE WiFi wanted a seat up close and center to hear from nearly a dozen thought leaders on their views on respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust.

You Will Get Hacked At the Sochi Olympics

While the threat of terrorism at the Winter Olympic Games has grabbed the headlines, NBC Nightly News reports there’s another covert threat facing visitors to Sochi – WiFi hotspot hacking and identity theft. Every time you connect to the Internet in Russia, your personal information and your company’s information are fair game for hackers and spies.

Federal Charges Against ‘Revenge Porn King’ for Hacking, Identity Theft Highlight Email Insecurity

Hunter Moore, the California man who became infamous for operating the “revenge porn” website IsAnyoneUp.com, was recently indicted on charges of stealing nude photos from hacked email accounts and posting them online. Moore, 27, and his alleged accomplice, Charles “Gary” Evens, 25, were charged with conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer, and identity theft. What the two men are accused of highlights just how easy it can be to hack into email accounts and steal sensitive information. The results can be devastating for the victims.

Nearly Half of South Korea Has Their Credit Cards Stolen

Recently, a single security contractor at the Korean Credit Bureau, a risk management and fraud detection service, was able to download and steal consumer records of over 20 million people, from three of South Korea’s major credit card companies.  That’s nearly half the population of South Korea!

AT&T, Verizon, and Credo to Publish Transparency Reports

With pressure mounting from civil liberties groups, public interest advocates and shareholders, AT&T, Verizon, and Credo will now publish annual transparency reports highlighting the government’s request for data collection and the impact it has on the population.

Federal Workers Are Not Protecting Their Mobile Devices

More than 40 percent of government employees are putting themselves and their agencies at risk with their mobile device habits, according to Cisco and the Mobile Work Exchange’s report “The 2014 Mobilometer Tracker: Mobility, Security, and the Pressure In Between.” As part of the study, an assessment tool called the Secure Mobilometer was developed to understand mobile (in)security and vulnerabilities.  The tool provided insight into the mobile device habits of government agency employees. The results show one singular truth: government employees and agencies need to take significant steps to secure confidential data.