“Never do anything you wouldn’t want to share with everyone on public WiFi,” warns CNN’s Laurie Segall in an eye-opening look at online stalking, geotracking, and the risks of surfing online without a VPN in a wireless hotspot.
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If you are lucky enough to be at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, chances are you will have access to the public WiFi networks set up just for the event. At least half of the 12 World Cup stadiums will have public WiFi available, with over 2,300 access points.
This includes inside the stadiums as well as the areas close by, such as parks, public transit stations, and squares. So that means that not only will those inside the stadium have access to public WiFi, but many thousands of other soccer fans outside as well.
Unfortunately, the World Cup (and its public WiFi) is attracting more than just soccer fans.
The best way to protect yourself while using a public WiFi network? To quote Consumer Reports, the best way to “protect all of your communications, even on open networks [is] by first installing a personal virtual private network app on your phone or computer.”
We couldn’t agree more!
If you read this blog, you are probably aware about the security problems inherent to public WiFi networks. But what...
If companies like Microsoft can’t safeguard their own proprietary information, how well can they protect your information? Keep reading to find out what hackers allegedly did with popular video games such as “Call of Duty” and “Gears of War 3” as well as other software systems.
CSID, a company that offers identity protection for businesses, released a white paper entitled “When Good Technology Goes Bad: Evolution of Mobile Technology,” which describes how our culture has been completely transformed by mobile technology and public WiFi networks. So what can you do to stay safe? Check out the advice and tips from CSID.
IT firm Sophos wanted to find out whether people were connecting to wireless networks securely and identified 72,000 wireless networks around San Francisco in a matter of days. How did these networks fare when it comes to WiFi security? Who is using the best security? And HOW many connected to Sophos’s fake public WiFi network?
Do you think it’s legal to collect data transmitted over unencrypted WiFi networks? Google does. That’s why it has gone to the highest court in the land to get a final decision on one of the most hotly debated legal issues of our time. The stakes couldn’t be higher for Google and for WiFi users everywhere.
No one expects to get a $600 bill for basic wireless Internet service. But according to CBC News, that’s exactly what happened to Darlene Davies of Chilliwack, British Columbia. Davies normally pays $60 a month to use Rogers unsecured Rocket hub WiFi hotspot access point at home. So she was shocked when her monthly bill arrived and it was for 10 times that amount.
Davies said she didn’t know she had to add password protection to secure her home WiFi network. That left the door wide open for piggybackers to hop on her WiFi and rack up a huge bill.
It’s a story straight out of science fiction: a drone flies around your neighborhood, accessing your smartphone or tablet, stealing your usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and even tracks your location. But this is not a science fiction story. Glenn Wilkinson and Daniel Cuthbert, two “white hat” (or ethical) hackers who work for Sensepost Research Labs, have developed a drone called Snoopy, turning a normal video-capturing drone into a flying hacking machine.
It’s that time of year again, when thousands of taxpayers flock to public libraries to get free tax advice and help filing their returns. That kind of assistance can make doing your taxes a lot less taxing, but if you use the library’s open WiFi hotspot at any point during the process, it could end up costing you plenty. You might be wondering how we know for sure that public library WiFi hotspots can expose your sensitive information. We know because we checked.
Tablets are quickly becoming the favorite mobile device for online shopping. Their big screens and extreme portability make online browsing and buying a whole lot easier for consumers. But unfortunately, tablets have become a favorite target of identity thieves. That’s why Consumer Reports recommends using a personal VPN to avoid identity theft when you’re shopping or banking at WiFi hotspots with an iPad.