If you’re going to pay for perks when you fly, it’s worth making WiFi one of them, according to Yahoo! Finance. Connecting to WiFi in the sky gives passengers a wide variety of entertainment options; and business travelers can use their personal mobile devices to get their work done when they’re away from the office. But what many employees and the companies they work for don’t realize is that BYOD comes with serious security risks. And that could be bad for business.
WiFi is the #1 priority for hotel customers. According to a recent study by Forrester Research, 90% wish all hotels had WiFi and 34% won’t book a hotel stay without it. But while customers are demanding a great hotel WiFi experience, most either don’t know or don’t care about the risks to their online security. Even worse, they don’t know there’s a simple way to protect their data when they use hotel hotspots.
Some exciting news around our offices today that we wanted to share with long-time fans and readers — Network World today hailed PRIVATE WiFi as one of 20 essential business apps for the iPhone and iPad! It’s an honor to be included with this esteemed list of companies providing exemplary — and essential — products that make mobile devices even more powerful for business users.
Half of all Brits who use public WiFi hotspots don’t understand whether the hotspot they’re connecting to is secure or unsecure. And that makes them easy targets for identity thieves and online fraudsters, according to a new WiFi hotspot survey by Experian Consumer Services. But it’s not just the Brits who don’t know or don’t care about wireless security. It’s a huge number of hotspot users worldwide. Find out what you can do to protect your private information on public WiFi.
Following similar moves in cities like New York and Boston, data giant Google is investing some $600,000 to bring free wireless Internet access to 31 San Francisco playgrounds, plazas, recreation centers, and parks.
(Because what the world needs is more distracted parents neglecting their children on dangerous playground equipment while they feverishly update their Instagram accounts!)
Click to read more about how you can stay safe on free park WiFi.
Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting Finds Unsecure WiFi Hotspots Create a Perfect Environment to Commit Fraud
If you’re one of the innocents who still believes your sensitive information is secure at WiFi hotspots, a new article in the Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting might lead you stop and think before you connect. Its conclusion: The amount of traffic and lack of security inherent in public wireless hotspots create a perfect environment to commit fraud.
Find out what you can do to protect yourself the next time you use a WiFi hotspot.
Over the July Fourth Holiday weekend more than 40 million Americans traveled. As the masses hit the road and connected to public WiFi hotspots across the country, PRIVATE WiFi CEO Kent Lawson made a number of press appearances to educate consumers on the dangers of hotspot hacking and what they can do to keep their data protected.
Appearing on more than 15 media outlet across the country, Lawson explained how public wireless connections are not secure, “Whether it’s paid or not, whether there’s a password involved or not, nearly all of them are completely unsecure. The reason that Wi-Fi hotspots put passwords on their Wi-Fi is not to protect the individual, but rather to limit usage.”
If you use free WiFi networks at Starbucks coffee shops listen up!
AT&T provides the hotspot and buried in the Terms and Conditions is the following sentence: “If you have a VPN, AT&T recommends that you connect through it for optimum security.”
Read on for more details.
Cybercriminals are increasingly setting their sights on smartphones and other mobile devices, according to two new reports from the Anti-Phishing Working Group and Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center. What’s driving their interest is a huge opportunity – more than two billion mobile devices that will be processing $1.3trillion in payments by 2015. Find out how to protect your online security when malware goes mobile.
Private WiFi recently chatted with Eva Velasquez, the President of the Identity Theft Resource Center. Later this month, she’ll start blogging periodically for Private WiFi’s private-i blog and will be covering specific subjects such as how to protect yourself from medical identity theft to broader topics such as privacy in the digital age.
The ITRC’s goal is to ensure that all the people who need its help are aware of its range of services. Read on for insights from a leading security professional who has made huge contributions, both helping fraud victims and protecting the general public.
Worried That the NSA is Spying on You? Perhaps, but Remember That Silicon Valley Has Been Doing the Same Thing For Years
The public outcry that the National Security Agency has been spying on Americans has been enormous. At this point, we don’t know the exact scope and breadth of the NSA’s privacy intrusions.
Where will these revelations about the NSA take the wider online culture? Read on to find out how we’re beginning to see how much personal information about us is being used (and potentially abused) by both corporations and our own government.