Tagged: wireless security

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.


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.

Using Unsecured Wifi Networks Could Jeopardize Your Right to Privacy

By now, you probably know that using unsecured Wifi networks is risky business. But did you know it could jeopardize your Fourth Amendment rights which protect you from unreasonable government searches? Find out why wide open Wifi networks can be an open invitation to intruders on both sides of the law.

More Free WiFi Available For San Francisco Residents — But At What Cost?

San Francisco is set to offer free public wifi along stretches of Market Street, with plans for free wifi in the Castro district to the Ferry Building by early next year. San Francisco’s acting Chief Information Officer Jon Walton said in this SF Gate article that “the network should provide adequate coverage for common Internet use,” but San Francisco residents need to learn about the privacy risks on wireless networks and use a personal VPN!