“Never do anything you wouldn’t want to share with everyone on public WiFi,” warns CNN’s Laurie Segall in an eye-opening look at online stalking, geotracking, and the risks of surfing online without a VPN in a wireless hotspot.
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FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen has spent her entire career focused on Internet privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity practices. An accomplished attorney, public speaker, and “big data” expert, she also finds time to maintain an active social media presence on Twitter.
The best way to protect yourself while using a public WiFi network? To quote Consumer Reports, the best way to “protect all of your communications, even on open networks [is] by first installing a personal virtual private network app on your phone or computer.”
We couldn’t agree more!
Fifteen years ago, Mark Goldstein and his family were victims of medical identity theft. It was 1999 and not much was known about the repercussions of such fraud and the rise of cybercrime. As Goldstein describes it, the landscape for criminals was evolving.
BuzzFeed technology editor Charlie Warzel shared six helpful password tips with the Today Show recently to help keep your online data safe. Hint: he doesn’t include the importance of a personal VPN but he does remind us to use common sense, antivirus, and several other very important steps!
In what is one of the largest data breaches in history, eBay has gone public with the news that they have been the victims of a data breach that resulted in 145 million customer records being exposed.
Click to find out whether the user information exposed — perhaps even your personal information — had been encrypted by eBay.
Have you ever considered your “data protection rights” and how that relates to what sensitive information pops up when you Google yourself? This very issue is making news again, as the clash between “privacy” and “freedom of information” has taken a surprising turn.
A survey recently sponsored by Comcast shows that free WiFi is now one of the best things that a small businesses can offer to their customers. This survey included responses from over 600 employees and managers at companies with fewer than 100 employees.
Although some people may believe “cloud storage” has something to do with weather fronts, it’s simply an easy way for anyone to save data with a remote, third-party database. And it’s becoming more and more mainstream. Any time you use Gmail to send an email, or upload photos to Shutterfly, as just two examples, you’re entrusting your personal and sensitive information to cloud storage.
In the age of smartphones, why would anyone want to use an outdated New York City payphone? To connect to a free WiFi hotspot, of course! That’s what NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is counting on as he embarks on a bold plan to create one of the largest public WiFi networks in the country. Politicians and public interest and trade groups are jumping on the payphone hotspot bandwagon. But wait a minute! Is anybody thinking about security, which is non-existent at WiFi hotspots?
Malicious insiders and criminal attacks are a growing concern for businesses, especially when we consider how persistent data has become in the age of cloud and mobility. After all, a data breach can result in enormous damage to a business that goes way beyond the financials. At stake is customer loyalty and brand reputation.
Last week, the Obama Administration released a 90-day study commissioned by the President on big data and privacy. This study was part of President Obama’s response to the NSA surveillance scandal and its aftermath. Led by White House counselor John Podesta, the report details concerns over how big data can be used to target consumers and lead to discrimination, among other things.