Meet the ‘WiFi Spy’ Lurking In the Corner At Your Coffeeshop

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A new CBS News article summarizes our mission in a nutshell, explaining that “If you must use wifi hotspots, experts say it’s a good idea to purchase a VPN or virtual private network. That will encrypt your information and keep hackers from stealing what no one else should see.”

The article quotes a man who has created his own wifi hotspot at a cafe in San Jose, California. To people on their computers and smartphones, it looks like a safe network. But, as he says, “I can see everything, I can see all of the emails, all of the instant messages, all of the web pages they go to, all of the passwords they type in.”

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Elaine Rigoli

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