Tagged: wifi hotspots

Unisys Study Finds WiFi Security Risks, Recommends Personal VPNs

A new study out of New Zealand has highlighted the huge security risks for those accessing wireless networks.

In an accompanying interview, the study’s author shares many of the same sentiments that we report on regularly:

“There is an ever-expanding range of WiFi-enabled devices…add this to the bevy of free WiFi access in high traffic public places, such as cafes, airports, fast food outlets and shopping centres, and you get a landscape that is ripe for cybercriminals.”

Hacked at a Hotspot in Less Than 600 Seconds

Do you think your personal information is safe if you limit your public Wifi  use to a few minutes? Two women named Erika and Ashleigh thought so, too, until they were hacked in less than 600 seconds.  Find out why online privacy is an oxymoron on public Wifi.  And what you can do to protect yourself.


FBI: Beware Of Malware Installed Via Hotel Networks

Forbes featured an in-depth article this week about the risks inherent in hotel wireless networks. It highlights the importance of using a personal virtual private network (VPN).

The article includes new warnings from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center — for example, tips such as “download software updates direct from the vendor’s website” — but the Forbes writer opines further and offers the following words of advice:

In addition to this, I would recommend that all important information — including, but not limited to, emails, documents, IMs and web logins — is sent over secure HTTP or a VPN.

The Hacking Threat You Don’t Know About On NYC’s Subways

It’s not entirely free, but wireless Internet access is finally coming to NYC transit!

The wireless access is part of a gradual rollout, to be managed by Boingo, over the next five years at stations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.

One-click WiFi access (read: for a fee, probably $8 a month) will be available to Boingo subscribers on limited routes, as well as Boingo’s WiFi roaming partners, including Skype, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon (read: free access within your subscription plan).

But what this really means is that more than 1.6 billion annual subway riders who connect to the Internet using their smartphones, e-readers, tablets, and other wireless devices while waiting for a train are potentially compromising their identities and online security.

Free WiFi At Disney Hotels, But Less-Than-Magical Online Privacy Issues Remain

When Disney executives polled more than 10,000 hotel guests about which amenities they would most like to see added to all Disney hotels, free WiFi connectivity topped guests’ wishlists.

So crews rewired the resort’s hotels — including the cabins in Disney’s Fort Wilderness campground — and completed the work last month. While it may seem like a magical perk to hotel guests, real privacy dangers lurk in the background.

Stopping Identity Theft When You Trade Online

If you’re one of the millions of investors who plays the stock market, you’re probably hooked on the incredible convenience and the lightning speed of online trading. Unfortunately, so is another group. Two federal agencies and a private watchdog group recently warned investors that hacker-traders are hijacking consumer brokerage accounts and exploiting them for financial gain.  Find out what you can do to protect yourself against identity theft when you trade online.


Why Protecting Your Wireless Security Should Begin at Home

By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard that revealing sensitive information at Wifi hotspots is like playing Russian Roulette with your identity.  But you may not know that your network security can also be easily compromised when you’re using Wifi in the privacy of your own home.



WiFi Snooping: Wait, Isn’t that Illegal?

I am often asked if viewing another person’s Internet communications is illegal.

You would think it would be, right? It seems like a no-brainer.

The surprising answer is actually no. In the United States, at least, it is perfectly legal.

Huffington Post Recommends Personal VPN to Encrypt All Online Activity, Personal Security

As an in-depth Huffington Post article points out, it’s no wonder celebrities are often victimized by hackers. The reality is, it’s just not that hard to hack celebrities — or anyone else, for that matter.

Indeed, among the five security tips shared in the article, two are suggestions that this website has repeatedly recommended and warned about over the years. For example tip #4 warns about the dangers inherent in wireless networks and tip #5 warns about malicious spyware that can infect your computer and compromise security:

What Freelancers and Small Businesses Need to Know To Protect Their Online Security

Thanks to the Internet and wireless technology, freelancers can turn almost any place in the world into their workplace. But the speed and convenience of doing business online all the time carries special risks for the self-employed. That’s because they may not have the resources to implement strong online security measures.  Even worse, the self-employed may not be covered by the same fraud protection that’s available to individual consumers. Find out how you can protect your online security, as well as your clients’, when you do business on the Web.


Exclusive Personal VPN Deal Arranged for MediaBistro’s AvantGuild Members

Most creative types — writers, editors, artists, new media execs — love mediabistro.com for its wealth of innovative ideas, networking events, and professional services.

But some of mediabistro’s biggest fans are also hackers’ favorite targets: professionals who often get work done in coffee shops or at similar locations that provide wireless hotspots.

While the days of being tied to a cubicle are gone for many, that professional freedom and flexibility comes at a price. Most big companies offer their employees a corporate-sponsored virtual private network (VPN) to keep their proprietary data secure from hackers. But where does that leave the rest of the creative workforce, solo practitioners, and freelancers?