#ilikeprivacy Contest Reveals Serious Privacy Concerns

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Last month PRIVATE WiFi™ sponsored an #ilikeprivacy contest on Twitter. As we asked our followers to tweet about their biggest online privacy concerns, a common thread emerged: so many of you are worried about your security, privacy and safety online.

After much deliberation, the PRIVATE WiFi team has selected our winners:

  • Our third place winner of $100 was George Jenkins of Dorchester, MA.  Tweeting as @IveBeenMugged, he voiced his privacy concern, “Banks selling consumers’ debit card shopping habits to 3rd parties. Broken trust & don’t know where data goes.”
  • In second place and a winner of $200 was Kelly Elswick from Garden City, MI. Joining the discussion as @AngelMom037 she tweeted, “I worry about buying online as my debit card # was stolen last year and used to purchase things overseas.”
  • Finally, @katmagick, Melanie Dieh, from Susquehanna, PA took first place and $300 when she tweeted, “I really worry about public WiFi connections and how secure or unsecure, they really are.”

Our grand prize winner certainly hit PRIVATE WiFi’s biggest privacy concern on the nose. When you use public wifi hotspots you are vulnerable to hackers who can sniff your unprotected connection. Using the radio waves of wifi, these cyber crooks can steal your private and personal information out of thin air; everything from your credit card numbers, bank codes, email transmissions are up for grabs.

PRIVATE WiFi, a personal Virtual Private Network (VPN), is software that encrypts all the data going into and out of your computer, making you invisible to hackers on any public network, anywhere in the world. Best of all, it works around you. The software is designed to be always on, automatically connecting to one of our secure servers every time you use the internet.

PRIVATE WiFi can be found on Twitter and Facebook. We care about your online privacy and want to raise awareness about how dangerous the insecurity of public wifi really is. But we also want to have fun and engage you with social media. So follow us and like us; there will be more contests similar to #ilikeprivacy and other interactive media coming soon!

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Jillian Ryan

Jillian Ryan is PRIVATE WiFi’s Director, Brand Communications and Social Strategy. With a passion for writing, the web, and fast-paced information exchanged via social networks, Jillian is also concerned about the ramifications of putting your life details and personal data into cyberspace. Follow her on Twitter: @Writing_Jillian.