Author: Jared Howe

PRIVATE WiFi Names Alok Kapur As EVP, Chief Marketing Officer

PRIVATE WiFi (www.privatewifi.com), a Private Communications Corporation company, today named Alok Kapur to the position of Chief Marketing & Customer Officer.  Reporting directly to CEO and founder Kent Lawson, Kapur will oversee all marketing initiatives, sales efforts, partnerships and communication efforts on behalf of the personal wifi security company.

NSA Allegedly Hacked into Google, Yahoo Data Centers

The Washington Post has published a couple of articles in the past two weeks that reveal how the National Security Agency allegedly hacked into Google’s and Yahoo’s data centers, taking millions of private user records each day for analysis. Click to learn more about what this means for your privacy.

For ‘Optimum Security’ AT&T Urges You to Use a VPN

AT&T knows how safe (or unsafe) it is to use their public wifi networks. In AT&T’s Terms and Conditions, the company states that any public wifi network, theirs included, is inherently unsafe. And the only thing that can protect you? According to AT&T, only a VPN can do that.

 

Email Without Borders: LinkedIn’s New Intro App May be Dangerous to Your Online Security

Have you heard of LinkedIn’s new “Intro” app? By rerouting your email through their servers, LinkedIn can scan and store all of your information in your emails, including contacts and email content. Are you sure you want a third party to be able to access all of this private information? Probably not. But that’s not all. Read on to discover why Intro sounds like a bad idea for your privacy.

Private Information Hacked from Hotel WiFi for Sale in China

Whenever you access a public WiFi network — especially a hotel’s wireless network — make sure that you are encrypting your data with a personal VPN. Because if you don’t take steps to protect your data, no one will. Click to find out why our online security at hotels is worse than ever.

What Dick Cheney’s Pacemaker Tells Us about Wireless Vulnerabilities

Dick Cheney received a pacemaker in 2007, and he was concerned enough to ensure that doctors removed its wireless capabilities in case any terrorist could gain access to it. These details are revealed in a new book called Heart, written both by Cheney and his cardiologist.

This news from Cheney reveals the hard truth about wireless devices or anything connected to a network: it’s always possible to hack into it.

How Advertisers Track You on Your Smartphone

Smartphone advertising is the new frontier. Up until now, many advertisers had no way to access user data via a smartphone, so most advertising has been a shot in the dark. But all that has changed. Keep reading to find out how they are using your data — and how it affects your online privacy.

Is Google Wiretapping You?

As you probably know by now, if you use Gmail, Google has maintained that their users should have no expectations of privacy when they use Google’s services. But now Google has been accused of wiretapping in a federal trial in Silicon Valley, and the outcome of this trial could have profound implications not just for email companies, but for any company who scans user information to serve third-party ads.

 

Is That Health App on Your Smartphone Compromising Your Privacy?

Do you use a mobile app to track a health-related issue like diet, exercise, or illness? You’re typically handing over very private information that most of us would not want anyone else to know about — but is that information really private?

Check out the results of a sobering study from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and find out the truth for yourself!

Droidsheep: Firesheep in Droid’s Clothing

Remember Firesheep and FaceNiff? Well here comes Droidsheep, which works just like Firesheep, except the target is your Android smartphone. Available through open-sourced software online, Droidsheep enables hackers to session hijack by intercepting unencrypted session ID cookies from websites like Facebook over public wifi networks.

Learn more about Droidsheep and how you can use a VPN to protect your data.

PRIVATE WiFi Announces New VPN App for Smartphones and Tablets to Protect Against the Threats of Public Wi-Fi

Private Communications Corporation, makers of PRIVATE WiFi, a new and innovative product in the security software market, today announced its new personal VPN application for smartphones and tablets. The company will introduce the new VPN app for Android and Apple® iOS devices, including the new iPad® mini and iPhone® 5. A personal VPN app for Windows 8 phones and tablets will soon follow.

Is Public WiFi Safe?

In the past year public Wi-Fi usage has gone up 240%, but the questions we should be asking: do we need to protect ourselves when we use it and how can be keep ourselves secure? A recent survey by the Identity Theft Resource Center in conjunction with PRIVATE WiFi indicates that 79% of respondents believe that free wireless can lead to identity theft. The findings are clear: a personal VPN is your best line of defense.