Category: News & Features

How Hackers Protect Themselves When Using Public WiFi

Every year, thousands of hackers and security experts descend on Las Vegas for two of the world’s largest annual hacker conventions: Defcon and Black Hat. Security researchers present their latest findings and security exploits.

Keep reading to find out what types of hacking they are doing at these events and ways to protect yourself!

Infographic: Protecting Yourself and Your Mobile Device

While most people secure their laptops with the latest security updates, there’s still a large segment of society who seems to think security issues do not affect their mobile phones.
An infographic designed by a company called Crowd Control HQ aims to protect everyone’s mobile device — but they forgot one very important security tip!

Keep reading to learn more.

Will WiFi Replace Cable and Fiber Networks?

In a recent blog post, we mentioned that the next generation of WiFi technology will be much faster, and that by 2018, worldwide WiFi traffic will overtake wired traffic for the first time ever.

Now see how one Silicon Valley company plans to bring high-speed WiFi networks to underdeveloped parts of the U.S. as well as developing countries.

OpenSignal’s U.S. WiFi Study Looks at Speed, But Not Network Security

OpenSignal is a small startup with a very interesting mission: they are creating a database of WiFi access points around the world and are hoping to become the global authority on wireless networks. Their website contains analysis of all of the data they have collected, including the WiFi signal strength of all access points in a given area.

How do they do it?

Android Apps Susceptible to Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

With a man-in-the-middle attack, your app thinks it is communicating with the app’s web server, but in fact, all of your personal information is being sent directly to the hacker’s computer. Keep reading for details on the two kinds of SSL vulnerabilities that FireEye found in some of the most popular Android apps — and how to protect yourself today.

Study Shows Airline Passengers Are Demanding In-Flight WiFi

A new survey has found that airline passengers are now viewing WiFi as a necessity — not an optional perk. Consider that nearly 9 in 10 (89%) would give up beverage service and bathroom access for high-speed WiFi (even though in-flight WiFi is just like any other public WiFi: completely open and insecure). Keep reading for other surprising findings from the study.

Should You Use ‘Free’ WiFi Networks at Sporting Events?

In this day and age this is the stadium WiFi is the new standard. Because what fun is it to be at a sporting event if you can’t post pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram?

But what you are giving up in exchange for access to so-called “free” WiFi? And who has access to your data as a result of being online at sporting events?

Google: Consumers Not Entitled to ‘Windfall’ Compensation In WiFi Snooping Lawsuit

Remember the brouhaha over Google’s Street View cars collecting personally identifiable information (including emails and Internet browsing activity) from WiFi networks that weren’t password-protected? The U.S. government intervened (the Federal Communications Commission even fined the search giant $25,000 in 2012 for refusing to cooperate with the investigation).

But did you know that Google also ended up in a class-action lawsuit?

The Newest WiFi Threat: Cats

Just when you thought it was safe to use WiFi…along comes the latest threat: cats. Wait, cats? Really? Well, that is if the cat comes outfitted with the newest WiFi hacking device, called WarKitteh.

What type of encryption did Coco the cat find on his neighborhood adventures? Click to find out.

Nothing Safe about Library WiFi Networks

It’s back-to-school season, and if you like to surf the Internet while at the library (or even file your taxes), remember that nearly all library WiFi networks are completely open. This means that anything you do online at the library could potentially be seen and intercepted by another person on the same network.

Keep reading for essential tips to protect you (and your children) on any library’s WiFi network.

4.5 Million Risk ID Theft After Hospital Network Hacked

Is malware to blame? Community Health Systems, a company that operates 206 hospitals across the United States, has admitted that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

The company says it secures itself with cyber-liability policies to protect their bottom line. But do the hospitals affiliated with this profitable corporation truly explain to new patients how and where their most sensitive personal information is being shared, saved, and protected?