Do you think it’s legal to collect data transmitted over unencrypted WiFi networks? Google does. That’s why it has gone to the highest court in the land to get a final decision on one of the most hotly debated legal issues of our time. The stakes couldn’t be higher for Google and for WiFi users everywhere.
Let’s start with the good news: you are still safe. The latest Heartbleed situation — which is a software bug, not a virus — has not endangered the privacy and security of our customers’ communications.
But one of our industry’s most respected security analysts claims “catastrophic” is the right word for Heartbleed, because “on the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.”
Have you heard of Heartbleed? This is a big deal if you care about your online security, as attackers can steal your website login information as well as other sensitive information like any credit card information exchanged with an online retailer website like Amazon and others.
What can you do? Keep reading.
No one expects to get a $600 bill for basic wireless Internet service. But according to CBC News, that’s exactly what happened to Darlene Davies of Chilliwack, British Columbia. Davies normally pays $60 a month to use Rogers unsecured Rocket hub WiFi hotspot access point at home. So she was shocked when her monthly bill arrived and it was for 10 times that amount.
Davies said she didn’t know she had to add password protection to secure her home WiFi network. That left the door wide open for piggybackers to hop on her WiFi and rack up a huge bill.
HTTPs is secured with SSL encryption, but even sites using this technology are only safe to use if you are sure that the website is real. Did you know it’s possible for hackers to create fake websites that look very much like the real thing? Join us as we dive into the world of website certificate authorities and explain how a fake website poses as the real thing.
By now, we hope you know that hackers can steal your sensitive information any time you connect to a public WiFi network. But what you may not know is how fast they can do it. That’s what WAFB 9 demonstrated in a hacking experiment on a university hotspot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. What happened should be a wakeup call for hotspot users everywhere.
You might remember that we have repeatedly written articles detailing how HTTPS (otherwise known as secure web browsing) is not really as secure as it seems.
Well, guess what: now Cornell researchers have determined that HTTPS does not prevent third parties from figuring out which secure websites you are visiting. The supposedly secure walls around HTTPS are crumbling quickly.
Every time we turn around, it seems, we read that hackers have penetrated another company’s supposedly “impenetrable” servers.
Researchers have created a new tool called Honey Encryption, and it’s anything but sweet for criminals who want to get their hands on sensitive customer data.
Do you think WiFi hotspot hackers are mostly interested in stealing high-value confidential information like your Social Security number, your credit card data and your bank account information? Well, think again.
Cyber crooks are some of the most cunning people on the planet. When it comes to committing identity fraud, they’re always looking for new targets of opportunity – like your airline miles.
If the recent headlines regarding your vulnerability on the Internet haven’t convinced you to start using a VPN, the editorial...
What does “mobile first, cloud first” mean for your online privacy? Mobile devices will get increasingly fast and easy to use. Security is going to be paramount given the threats with all this information being in the cloud. Information leakage on the cloud or exposure to hackers is still a very big threat without the use of a personal VPN. Find out what emerging mobile philosophies might be explored at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and how it affects your online privacy.
The New Republic, Ireland’s top technology website, spoke with Ronan Murphy, the CEO of Smarttech.ie, who detailed how many people are in the dark regarding the security risks they are exposed to when using public WiFi.