Think your home wireless network is safe from intruders? Maybe or maybe not. For cybercrooks intent on stealing your valuables, an unsecured wireless connection can make WiFi hacking a lot easier than breaking and entering.
In attempts to stay competitive with the airline industry, train service and bus companies are going high-tech, installing more electrical plugs to allow riders to charge devices and unveiling free WiFi from coast to coast. But are you being careful about protecting yourself on the road?
Thanks to Firesheep, even novice hackers without any special skills –- you, your grandmother, your 10-year-old nephew — can spy on anyone’s Internet activity in a WiFi hotspot. That means your activities on sites lacking proper encryption — including Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and FourSquare — are at risk.
Turn on, tune in, opt out…it may become the new slogan as more and more people seek easy ways to stay safe in public WiFi hotspots and shield their online browsing – whether wired or wireless – from cyber-criminals and nosy advertisers. Read on to learn simple safety protocols you can implement today.
Kent Lawson, Founder and CEO of Private WiFi, talks about what inspired him to start the company. This is the first in a series of weekly CEO blog posts on this and other topics.