FTC’s New Security Videos Admit Free WiFi Attracts Hackers

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The Federal Trade Commission has some “new” information about how to protect your personal information online.

We say “new” in quotes because, well, the security tips aren’t so new to anyone who is aware of encryption and virtual private networks like Private WiFi. In the first newly released video from the FTC, entitled Using Public Wi-Fi Networks, it explains what we’ve been saying for years: public wifi hotspots don’t encrypt information you send through the network!

As the FTC now advises, “If you log in to an unsecured website — say a social networking site — or enter personal information in a web form, you may be sharing that information with others on the network. Hackers could use the information to hijack your accounts, or to impersonate you.”

In addition, the FTC has released three other new videos:

  • Computer Security provides simple steps to help you protect yourself and your computer from scammers, hackers, and identity thieves.
  • Online Shopping Tips can help you get the best deal and avoid unnecessary hassles.
  • Protect Your Computer from Malware provides tips on how to avoid, detect, and get rid of viruses and spyware that get installed on your computer without your consent.

 

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Elaine Rigoli

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