Category: News & Features

Hacker Steals Frequent Flyer Miles At a Hotel Hotspot

Do you think WiFi hotspot hackers are mostly interested in stealing high-value confidential information like your Social Security number, your credit card data and your bank account information? Well, think again.

Cyber crooks are some of the most cunning people on the planet. When it comes to committing identity fraud, they’re always looking for new targets of opportunity – like your airline miles.

Apple Gets Hit With Major Security Flaw

Did you think that only Windows users had to worry about security issues? While Apple has usually been the more secure and reliably safe platform, recent news about a flaw in their security has changed that perception. According to a new report, Apple users have been susceptible to a man in the middle attack when using Safari (and other applications) on supposedly secure websites.

Wireless Security Threats Abound At the Olympic Games

When it comes to wireless security at the Winter Games in Sochi, you’re in a high risk environment. Cybercriminals routinely exploit high profile events that draw huge crowds. That’s why the U.S. government is warning travelers to the Olympics what they should expect – namely that none of their communications should be considered private.

Hacked Hotel Company Exposes Guests’ Credit Card Information

It’s the latest in the wave of cyber attacks to hit American businesses.

Guests at some hotels managed by White Lodging Services Corporation – which include such brands as Marriott, Holiday Inn, and Sheraton – may have had their credit and debit card information stolen in a data breach that went on for most of 2013.

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.