Wifi Hotspot Safety: Senator Makes Plea for Beefed Up Internet Security

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The leading cause of identity theft? New York Senator Chuck Schumer has sent a letter to major website executives at Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, and Amazon, urging them to make secure addresses their default for all users (HTTPS instead of standard HTTP). According to The New York Daily News, “with standard addresses, easy-to-use hacking programs make it a cinch for cyber-crooks to steal people’s passwords and credit card info at wifi hotspots.” In fact, the senator gave a public demonstration in a New York coffee shop by hacking into the Twitter account of a colleague whose laptop was using the free wifi network.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.