Tagged: encryption

Sophos’ Warbiking Campaign Shows Insecurities In Wireless Connections

IT firm Sophos wanted to find out whether people were connecting to wireless networks securely and identified 72,000 wireless networks around San Francisco in a matter of days. How did these networks fare when it comes to WiFi security? Who is using the best security? And HOW many connected to Sophos’s fake public WiFi network?

Google Says Collecting Data From Unencrypted WiFi Networks Isn’t Illegal

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.

Heartbleed: A Message From PRIVATE WiFi’s CEO

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.”

Meet Heartbleed: The Huge New Security Flaw for Secure Websites

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.

Piggybackers Use Senior’s Unsecure Home WiFi Network for an Online Joyride

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.

The Dubious World of Website Certificate Authorities

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.

Experiment Shows How Fast Hotspot Hackers Can Harvest Your Sensitive Information

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.

Researchers Show that HTTPS Doesn’t Hide What You Do Online

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.

Honey Encryption: A New Tool to Deceive Hackers

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.

Hacker Steals Frequent Flyer Miles At a Hotel Hotspot

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.