Tagged: wireless security

From the Guardian to Chicago Sun-Times, Personal VPN Recommendations Keep Coming

We’ve heard from The Huffington Post, we’ve heard from The New York Times, but this latest recommendation to use a personal virtual private network (VPN) is definitely the best and most direct so far:

“Well, why are you sending data in clear text over open networks, anyway? You should never ever do that.”

So states the Chicago Sun-Times, the latest major media outlet to come out with an endorsement for a personal VPN like Private WiFi.

 

Washington Post Recommends Personal VPN

In a new travel article in The Washington Post‘s Lifestyle section, the author points out the issues involved with traveling abroad and using our smartphones.

One of the points raised is that travelers need to first find a hotspot and “as at home, you’ll be at the mercy of the vagaries of wireless signals.”

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.”

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.

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Ask the Expert: Are ‘Secure’ Websites Really As Secure As We Think?

Q: “All of my important websites (email account, financial accounts, and social media) use HTTPS, so this means that they are totally secure, right? That’s what I have always been told and I just want to make sure that I have nothing to worry about.”

A: Most of us assume that if a website uses HTTPS, it’s completely secure. The reality is that sites that use HTTPS are not as safe as most people think.

In fact, new information from SSL Pulse has highlighted just how insecure HTTPS really is.

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.

 

Facebook, Dropbox, LinkedIn: Flaw in Some Mobile Apps Exposes Users to Identity Theft

There is a newly discovered security flaw exposing iOS and possibly Android smartphone users to identity theft, specifically when using the mobile apps for Facebook, Dropbox, and LinkedIn.

The problem is that the apps’ security settings save users’ authentication keys in unencrypted plain text files (called plists) and that could easily be stolen by copying the plist from one iOS or Android device and pasting it into the same directory on another device.

Facebook has issued a statement, effectively blaming the security gaffe on jailbroken devices:

Ask the Expert: Does Secure Browsing Really Keep Me Safe On Twitter and LinkedIn?

Q: I have an active Twitter feed and occasionally use LinkedIn for work purposes, but I am unfamiliar with how those sites secure my privacy. I read that both sites have introduced “secure browsing” but what exactly does that mean, and how is it keeping me safer?

A: A secure website has “https” in its URL and has a small lock symbol next to it. It’s used by most banks and online retailers to provide secure transactions.

Email Hackers: ‘Like a Baby With a Gun’

More and more hackers are using legitimate passwords to break into poorly secured personal email accounts, websites, and corporate networks.

Once inside, they’re able to comb through all the data for login information to gain access to sensitive information like online banking, financial reports, corporate information, personal photos, and more.