A recent Good Morning American segment featuring PRIVATE WiFi begins with a startling truth: “Everyone is at risk; public WiFi can leave your most private information wide open.” While these public hotspots are widespread and convenient, the free connection comes at a hidden price.
We applaud Tech Republic for explaining what we’ve been educating about for years: “Public hotspots all have one thing in common; they are open networks that are vulnerable to attacks and security breaches. Most, if not all, public hotspots do not encrypt data, allowing passwords, email messages, and other information to be intercepted by nefarious types.”
Keep reading to see what else their article suggests — as well as our suggestions for avoiding evil-twin hotspots, dodging hackers, and protecting your identity.
While most people secure their laptops with the latest security updates, there’s still a large segment of society who seems to think security issues do not affect their mobile phones.
An infographic designed by a company called Crowd Control HQ aims to protect everyone’s mobile device — but they forgot one very important security tip!
Keep reading to learn more.
OpenSignal is a small startup with a very interesting mission: they are creating a database of WiFi access points around the world and are hoping to become the global authority on wireless networks. Their website contains analysis of all of the data they have collected, including the WiFi signal strength of all access points in a given area.
How do they do it?
A new survey has found that airline passengers are now viewing WiFi as a necessity — not an optional perk. Consider that nearly 9 in 10 (89%) would give up beverage service and bathroom access for high-speed WiFi (even though in-flight WiFi is just like any other public WiFi: completely open and insecure). Keep reading for other surprising findings from the study.
In this day and age this is the stadium WiFi is the new standard. Because what fun is it to be at a sporting event if you can’t post pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram?
But what you are giving up in exchange for access to so-called “free” WiFi? And who has access to your data as a result of being online at sporting events?
Remember the brouhaha over Google’s Street View cars collecting personally identifiable information (including emails and Internet browsing activity) from WiFi networks that weren’t password-protected? The U.S. government intervened (the Federal Communications Commission even fined the search giant $25,000 in 2012 for refusing to cooperate with the investigation).
But did you know that Google also ended up in a class-action lawsuit?
Were the phones of celebrities hacked via WiFi, perhaps at a celebrity event? Although this is not known or confirmed, it’s one possibility among many being floated around the Internet in the wake of the naked photo scandal rocking Hollywood.
Just when you thought it was safe to use WiFi…along comes the latest threat: cats. Wait, cats? Really? Well, that is if the cat comes outfitted with the newest WiFi hacking device, called WarKitteh.
What type of encryption did Coco the cat find on his neighborhood adventures? Click to find out.
Is New York City’s free WiFi program in trouble?
A research group known as Gotham City Research claims that Gowex, one of the five organizations that former New York City Mayor Bloomberg had chosen to provide free WiFi service in the city’s five boroughs, cooked their books and vastly overstated its earnings. Based on this report, Gowex filed for bankruptcy.
It’s back-to-school season, and if you like to surf the Internet while at the library (or even file your taxes), remember that nearly all library WiFi networks are completely open. This means that anything you do online at the library could potentially be seen and intercepted by another person on the same network.
Keep reading for essential tips to protect you (and your children) on any library’s WiFi network.
The next generation of WiFi technology will be able to transmit over 7 Gbps (gigabytes per second) data speed, and by 2018, worldwide WiFi traffic will overtake wired traffic for the first time ever.
This means that as fast as things move now in the digital world, they will begin to move even faster.