Tagged: WiFi Trends

Hacker’s Treasure: NYC’s High Line Gets Free WiFi

As if New York City’s popular elevated park, the High Line, needed another reason to draw even more people, it’s now the latest and greatest location to access a public WiFi hotspot.

While we all can agree that it’s nice to have WiFi hotspots available (including when we’re walking around New York City), how many of the people accessing these hotspots know that anything they do online while using them can be intercepted and viewed by hackers?

Why You Should Worry About Wearable Tech and Wireless Security

They track our movements, monitor our health, and record where we’ve been and what we’ve seen.  They’re wearable computing devices – one of the hottest trends in tech today. According to a 2013 Nielsen survey, 15% of U.S. consumers already own and use some form of wearables – everything from smart watches and fitness bands to glasses that record video.

So before you don that wearable tech, read on and consider how your data could be exploited.

Child Porn Cases Highlight the Dangers of Unsecure Home WiFi

When you think about the danger of cyber criminals invading your home WiFi network, what’s your biggest fear? If you’re like most consumers, it’s likely to be having your sensitive information stolen and used to commit identity fraud.

Failing to secure your home WiFi connection could lead to your home network being hijacked and used to commit many kinds of crimes — read what’s happened to innocent people just like you.

New York City’s Payphone Hotspots Could Be a Payday for Hackers

In the age of smartphones, why would anyone want to use an outdated New York City payphone? To connect to a free WiFi hotspot, of course!  That’s what NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is counting on as he embarks on a bold plan to create one of the largest public WiFi networks in the country. Politicians and public interest and trade groups are jumping on the payphone hotspot bandwagon. But wait a minute! Is anybody thinking about security, which is non-existent at WiFi hotspots?

Hotel WiFi is a Favorite Place for Hackers

When we are traveling, there’s nothing more convenient than hotels offering WiFi so we can check our email and possibly even get a little work done. Since we usually pay a premium to access the hotel’s WiFi network, many of us probably assume that it must be secure.

CSID Recommends Using a VPN to Stop Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

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.

Sophos’ Warbiking Campaign Shows Insecurities In Wireless Connections

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?

Google Says Collecting Data From Unencrypted WiFi Networks Isn’t Illegal

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.

Seattle Police Want to Track Citizens Using Municipal WiFi

Should we allow public WiFi networks to be used for surveillance purposes? Should law enforcement be allowed to store mobile-device data on all citizens (not just those involved in an investigation)? If you agree that we all have an inherent right to privacy, check out this article about what the Seattle police are doing now.

Are You Protected From Hackers on Public WiFi? [INFOGRAPHIC]

During tax season and beyond, it is hard to go a day without seeing a sign for free public WiFi at a local coffee shop, library, restaurant, airport, hotel, train station and countless other locations.  No matter where we go, WiFi is around us. While having instantaneous and constant access to wireless hotspots can be convenient, they also come with dangers and risks. Have you ever asked yourself whether you are protected against hackers and threats when using public WiFi?

In a Multi-device World, Expect More Risks to Your Online Security

Humanity reached an important mobile milestone this year. There are now more mobile devices than people on the planet.  Not surprisingly, part of what’s feeding the mobile frenzy is the growing number of consumers who are multi-device owners. More than 60% of online adults use at least two devices every day, according to a new study by GfK commissioned by Facebook. And more than 40% of those surveyed sometimes start an activity on one device but finish it on another. While that can make completing online tasks a lot more convenient, it can also expose your sensitive information to more online security risks. Each mobile device gives cybercriminals another access point they can exploit.