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In The News: How To Avoid Getting Hacked On Vacation

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.”

Starbucks and AT&T Think You Should Be Using a VPN

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.

Mobile Threats to Your Online Security Are Skyrocketing

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.

Q&A: Eva Velasquez, ITRC’s President, On Identity Theft, Online Fraud, Consumer Security Risks

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.

Take Our Mobile Device Survey

PRIVATE WiFi wants to know more about how you and other consumers access WiFi from their smartphones and tablets. The security of your mobile device is the topic of our new Mobile Device Survey, co-sponsored by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).

10 Identity Theft Protection Tips from the ITRC

While there is no way to completely prevent identity theft from happening to you, there are many ways you can minimize your risk. Keeping this goal in mind, the Identity Theft Resource Center developed these 10 ID Theft Protection Tips to help you protect yourself from identity theft.

Read on to discover what steps you can take to step your identity safe.

Twitter Chat Sponsored by ITRC and PRIVATE WiFi Raises Awareness of Public WiFi Dangers

Earlier this month, PRIVATE WiFi and The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) co-hosted the monthly ID Theft Twitter Chat. The ITRC hosts these monthly events in an effort to engage consumers in discussion about the issues surrounding identity theft. As the ITRC believes that cyber security is an important part of protecting from identity theft, the issue of public WiFi is of of utmost importance. Many of the participants felt as strongly about the risks of WiFi usage and there was a lot of great input.

Read on to discover the highlights of the chat.

WiFi Worries: Study Finds Popular Home Routers Are Vulnerable to Hacking

When WiFi users complain about getting hacked on their home networks, it’s often the result of their own careless wireless behavior — everything from using simple passwords to outdated security. But a new study reveals that home WiFi users aren’t the only ones responsible for some very serious wireless security problems. Thirteen of the most popular home and small office routers have critical security vulnerabilities that could create major risks to users — risks that are out of their control.

Find out which routers you should watch out for and what you can do to protect your online security.

25,000 Facebook Likes: Why Our Fans Like Us!

Last week, we celebrated a big milestone: the PRIVATE WiFi Facebook community grew beyond 25,000 Likes. Our fans have been extraordinary over the past few years; engaged, they care about WiFi privacy and security, as well as our VPN solution. We wanted to thank them and we did!

Asking the simple question, “What do you like about the PRIVATE WiFi page?” we encouraged our fans to share their responses with us. Then we selected 25 fans to win a free year of PRIVATE WiFi!

We got some incredible comments; so amazing that we just had to share them with all of you. 

Below are our 25 winners and their reasons for “liking” us. We hope that you will “Like” us, too!

‘Today Show’ Endorses PRIVATE WiFi for Consumer Security

The Today Show has joined the ranks of other high-profile media outlets to endorse PRIVATE WiFi’s cutting-edge personal VPN technology. Click below to watch the feature segment by Mario Armstrong, Today’s digital lifestyle contributor, who explains how a private VPN creates a “secure tunnel” between you and any would-be hackers.