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Brits Are Unsure About How to Safely Use WiFi Hotspots

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.

Like Leaving a Diary On a Park Bench? Google Spends $600,000 On Free WiFi In 31 San Francisco Parks

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.

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.