Tagged: wireless security

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!

In Beijing, a Promise Of 480,000 Free Hotspots That Also Monitor All Consumer Activity

Residents of Beijing, China, are expected to get 480,000 free wifi hotspots, according to this article in The Register. Using the hotspots will require a mobile number and an agreement to have your activities tracked and monitored, though officials say the data won’t be sold off to private companies. Also, free access is only being offered until the end of 2014, meaning users in China will be expected to eventually pay for access and get tracked at every turn.

Komando’s Tips: I’ve Been Hacked, Now What?

Computer expert Kim Komando — also known as America’s Digital Goddess — calls your email and social networking accounts “goldmines for criminals.” Click the headline above to watch her video for ways to regain control of your online accounts — including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Gmail, and more — if you’ve been hacked and/or need to fight back against malware and spyware.

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The Three Biggest Reasons You Can’t Rely On ‘HTTPS’ For Privacy Or Security Online

For years, we have been told that HTTPS was reliable and secure, but the sad truth is this is no longer the case. If we cannot rely on websites to provide security via HTTPS, what is the answer? I strongly believe that each person needs to take individual responsibility for the privacy and security of their own Internet communications. Consider this: you have a firewall and anti-virus software on your computer, because you do not expect all sites to protect you against viruses. Why would you think you could rely on those sites to protect your communication? The only way to adequately protect your Internet communications is with a personal VPN, or virtual private network. You need to use a VPN whenever you are using a public wifi hotspot. And I happen to know where you can get a good one. Just click here and you can try it for free.

Device Reputation: Retailers Use New Online Fraud Prevention

Have you heard about “device reputation,” a new way some stores are fighting back against credit card fraud? It helps protect retailers from fraudulent online credit card transactions by examining the computer or other device for a history of unwanted behavior. According to this article, if a customer’s computer, smartphone, or tablet indicates an abnormally high level of risk, the merchant can reject the purchase in advance.

Encryption Counts: Simple Steps to Avoid Having Your Identity Stolen

A lot of people do not realize that their information has been breached, and most don’t realize they are at risk for identity theft and financial fraud. Click the headline above to watch a video that explains why encryption matters — and learn steps to take immediately if you’ve had your personal accounts hacked.

For Hackers, the Next Lock to Pick

The New York Times says mobile hackers are “not yet much of a threat” but that is poised to change quickly as people increasingly use their phones to shop and exchange money. As the article here explains, “Phones can be more vulnerable because they connect to wireless networks at the gym or the coffee shop, and hackers can surreptitiously charge consumers for a purchase.”

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Should You Google Your Wallet?

 

Remember the days when a phone was for calling people? Well, they are long gone now.  First there were phones, then car phones, then mobile phones and now Smartphones.  There will probably be a new name for this next generation of phones coming out which seems to do anything you can imagine… Superphones perhaps?  Now, one of the necessities the Smartphone has taken on to replace is the wallet.

 

Wireless Network Fraud: Two Seattle Men Indicted On Hacking, Credit Card Theft

SC Magazine, an IT trade publication, says two Seattle men were recently charged in a 10-count federal indictment for breaking into more than a dozen business networks to steal credit card numbers used to purchase tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and luxury goods. A U.S. Attorney on the case says the pair “combined ‘old school’ methods, such as burglary, with high-tech methods, such as using unprotected wireless networks, to hide their identities, while draining bank accounts and committing fraud.”

L.A. Times: Public Wifi Risks Include Digital Eavesdroppers, Malicious Hackers

Like leaving your diary on a park bench, connecting to the Internet using public WiFi allows anyone with the right software to see what you are doing, according to the Los Angeles Times. In fact, as we’ve reported for more than a year, the best defense is to use a personal VPN like our Private WiFi software. In fact, the L.A. Times article mentions that using a personal VPN means “your online experience will be that much safer” and using a VPN will encrypt your browsing and work as a shield to protect and encrypt your activity.