A new California state law has gone into effect that makes online impersonation — when it seeks to harm someone — a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. This Santa Cruz Sentinel article explains that Senate Bill 1411 allows district attorneys to prosecute if they think a crime has been committed.
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This is the first “Ask the Expert” column in which Private WiFi CEO and computer security expert Kent Lawson responds to readers’ questions. This column will be an ongoing, monthly series, and this inaugural column discusses VPNs and their importance in staying protected online.
In the Wireless Age, hackers are becoming big time entrepreneurs, joining forces with others in multinational white collar organizations dedicated to cybercrime. Their target is your wireless data.
AT&T is adding a few new free WiFi hotspots, including San Francisco’s waterfront Embarcadero Center, and New York City’s Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
According to this ABC News story, a man faces criminal charges for snooping in his wife’s email. Michigan prosecutors say he illegally hacked into his wife’s computer after she filed for divorce.
An attorney who is “not your average Internet consumer” and sues companies he accuses of violating California’s anti-spam law is working to eradicate all forms of spam. Though this Associated Press article says such lawsuits are “mere rain drops in the ocean” as there are approximately 200 billion spam messages each day, accounting for 90% of all email.
This MSNBC post reports that Google has changed how some search results will appear to users. When doing a Google search, a notification may appear directly under the link that warns, “This site may be compromised.” Google says it will use “a variety of automated tools to detect common signs of a hacked site as quickly as possible.”
Do you like listening to Pandora and playing Angry Birds? Advertisers know it, too. Smartphone users are all but powerless to limit tracking among the apps they download, according to the findings of a new Wall Street Journal report that tested consumer privacy on 101 apps. Many companies allegedly sold consumer details gathered from these apps to various ad networks.
In Part 1 of this two-part series, Private WiFi CEO Kent Lawson discusses the extent of personal tracking that is taking place online – and what amount, if any, goes too far.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the evolving role of privacy and information security as more and more consumers and companies start doing business on their mobile devices. Case in point: AT&T has hired 13 PhDs in the last six months to focus on mobile security technology that detects and blocks malicious software from reaching mobile devices.
In this interview on The Huffington Post, a security adviser warns that “large-scale attacks on individual citizens, exploiting their online lives through bank accounts, social networking, and professional networks” could aim to “disrupt our connected lives.”