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.
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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?
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?
Were the phones of celebrities hacked via WiFi, perhaps at a celebrity event? Although this is not known or confirmed, it’s one possibility among many being floated around the Internet in the wake of the naked photo scandal rocking Hollywood.
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.
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.
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?
The next generation of WiFi technology will be able to transmit over 7 Gbps (gigabytes per second) data speed, and by 2018, worldwide WiFi traffic will overtake wired traffic for the first time ever.
This means that as fast as things move now in the digital world, they will begin to move even faster.
In response to complaints from riders about slow and uneven WiFi service, Boston’s MBTA announced a $5.6 million agreement to upgrade free WiFi service on its commuter rail lines. But do commuters truly understand the security risks inherent to public WiFi networks?
Inspire WiFi, a company that provides WiFi networks for families, as well as the hospitality and healthcare industries, recently released a cool graphic which highlights just how much we are using public WiFi, as well as the dangers inherent to these kinds of open networks.
The idea behind the concept of social WiFi is pretty simple: merchants offer free WiFi service to customers who visit their stores in exchange for customers logging into their network using their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts, or by giving the merchant their email address.
But what do you trade in exchange for logging into the merchant’s social WiFi network?
These days we are using mobile phones and tablets more and more, and this trend away from computers to mobile devices will continue in the years to come, according to a survey about consumer attitudes and mobile device privacy released by TRUSTe, a leading privacy services provider.