In response to complaints from riders about slow and uneven WiFi service, Boston’s MBTA announced a $5.6 million agreement to upgrade free WiFi service on its commuter rail lines. But do commuters truly understand the security risks inherent to public WiFi networks?
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Inspire WiFi, a company that provides WiFi networks for families, as well as the hospitality and healthcare industries, recently released a cool graphic which highlights just how much we are using public WiFi, as well as the dangers inherent to these kinds of open networks.
WiFi in schools has been happening with much enthusiasm all over the country. So recent news that the Federal Communications Commission will spend $2 billion to boost wireless Internet connectivity in U.S. schools and libraries during the next two years should be a good thing, right?
While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called it a “watershed moment” to give wireless access to 10 million kids, give or take, privacy experts are raising a collective eyebrow.
If you remember the article we posted a few months ago about Sophos’ warbiking tour, you’ll recall that Sophos found that only 13% of WiFi users in San Francisco were connecting to the Internet using WPA2 security, the recommended best-practice protocol and the safest security protocol currently available.
A shocking two thirds of us (64%) have little or no concern about connection to public WiFi networks, despite the fact that everything we do on these networks can be viewed and stolen by others. Check out a study by Zone Alarm, which highlights three of the biggest risks on public WiFi: man-in-the-middle attacks, rogue WiFi networks, and packet sniffers.
In a compelling new video clip, CBS News praises the merits of PRIVATE WiFi and highlights the increasing awareness among security-savvy consumers to protect their data in wireless hotspots. Watch as CBS News’ Jericka Duncan gets her email credentials — including user name and password — literally stolen out of thin air.
A San Francisco media artist named Harris David Harris has created a fake public WiFi network that looked very much like the free one that Google offers to its employees who take private shuttles to and from work in Silicon Valley. His “d0ntb33vil” project — which mimics Google’s motto — also serves as his MFA thesis project in the Digital Arts and New Media program at UC Santa Cruz.
Instead of getting Internet access, Google employees saw an image of the sidewalk in front of them.
A behind-the-scenes photograph of the World Cup security center was published in Correio Braziliense — a Brazilian newspaper — and you can clearly see the words “wifi network: WORLDCUP” and “password: b5a2112014″ on a whiteboard in the photograph.
Imagine a world where your smart devices could automatically join dozens of free open wireless networks – and those networks belonged to total strangers. Consumers who want to participate would need to set up openwireless.org as the network name — and those who want to connect to those networks need to search for that name. That’s the bold vision of the Open Wireless Movement, a joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, Fight for the Future, and other groups.
Apple’s new operating system, iOS 8, has made it much harder for marketers to track your cell phone, and thus harder to track you.
While this is undoubtedly a good move for those concerned with protecting their privacy, others have raised concerns that Apple may be doing this to push their own tracking technology, iBeacon.
Port Authority in New York announced that starting this fall, the airports under its jurisdiction (which include JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, and Stewart) will begin to offer free WiFi service for passengers.
Julie Anne Culp isn’t an Internet safety expert. She’s a guidance counselor in Hendersonville, Tennessee who wanted to teach her fifth grade students to think carefully about what they post online. So she created an ingenious social experiment to drive home her message about Internet safety.