Category: News & Features

Is Your Car an Unsecured Public Hotspot?

Today, automobiles are outfitted with high-end wireless systems and gadgets, making car lovers and everyday consumers swoon. At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, car technology was at the forefront,  but the most important component to any new technology is security, and this piece seemed to be missing from the thrilling reveal at CES. These gadgets are just another way in which cybercriminals can gain access to your personal information.

Ready for Data Privacy Day? Take The My Privacy IQ Quiz

If you haven’t marked your calendar yet, Data Privacy Day (DPD) is less than one week away. On January 28th, we’re encouraging everyone to make protecting privacy and data a greater priority. PRIVATE WiFi has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance and countless other corporations, governments and organizations to empower the masses to own their online presence.

Trend Micro Report: WiFi Users Are Careless About Security At Public Hotspots

How careful are you when you use WiFi hotspots?  How would you feel if you learned that you had just connected to an Evil Twin – a fake hotspot designed to steal your sensitive information? These are two of the questions Trend Micro got answers to in its 2013 Mobile Security Report.  What it found won’t be reassuring for anyone who uses public WiFi hotspots.

Irish Hotels Warned About WiFi Security Risks

Hotel WiFi may be an ideal way to stay on top of your work and keep in touch with your family when you’re away from home. But it’s also the perfect way for hackers to grab your sensitive information, as a recent experiment conducted by the IT security company Smarttech dramatically demonstrated. Find out just how easy it is to hack a hotel WiFi hotspot and what you can do to protect yourself before you log in.

The New Big Brother: The NSA’s Hacking Unit

A recent report in Der Spiegel indicates that the NSA has been able to access supposedly protected information from top foreign leaders and U.S. citizens. The agency’s hacking unit, which comprises more than 2,000 people, is called the Tailored Access Operations (TAO) and is considered to be the intelligence agency’s secret weapon. Read on to find out more about the TAO unit and how the scope of the NSA’s powers is just one more reason to be concerned about the erosion of privacy in our new digital age.

You Are What You Type: Facebook Tracks What You Decide Not to Post

We all do it: start typing into the status update bar on Facebook and then use our (better) judgment to delete those thoughts and not share them with the world. Facebook calls it “self-censorship,” and according to a report by Slate’ s Jennifer Golbeck, the social network has been tracking and studying our unpublished thoughts.

Put simply: the posts that you have consciously decided to not share, are being analyzed by Facebook. Read on to discover how Facebook did this as well as what it means for your privacy now and in the future.

How Hackers Used Malware to Steal 40 Million Credit Card Numbers from Target

How did hackers steal 40 million credit card numbers from Target customers? How much money are the cards selling for on the black market? And what’s the best way to prevent your computer from getting infected with malware — and avoid becoming an identity theft victim?

Keep reading to learn the answers to those questions, as well as how to make it harder for cybercriminals to get their hands on your private data.

European Parliament’s Public WiFi Network Shut Down After Man-In-The-Middle Attack

The European Parliament has admitted that it fell victim to a Man-In-The-Middle attack that forced it to shut down its public WiFi network. The hacker involved called it “child’s play” and said nearly anyone is capable of performing a hotspot hack.

How did it happen? Exactly the same way it happens at your local coffee shop, airport, or hotel hotspot — unless, of course, you’re using a personal VPN.

Shopping at WiFi Hotspots Could Lead to a Not-So-Merry Mobile Christmas

Cyber grinches are shopping at WiFi hotspots this holiday season – and they’re seeking your sensitive information. And if 2013 is any indication — keep in mind Cyber Monday became the biggest online shopping day in history, racking up a record $2.29 billion in online sales — they’ll continue to make out like bandits. Find out how you can avoid becoming a holiday hotspot hacking victim when you shop online.

Data Privacy Day 2014 is Approaching: PRIVATE WiFi is a Small Business Sponsor

With less than two months until Data Privacy Day on January 28, 2014, excitement is growing and PRIVATE WiFI is proud to be in on the action. As a day of awareness to focus on respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust for all digital users, Data Privacy Day (DPD) has been coordinated by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NSCA) since 2008.

Also, be sure to join us as we co-host tomorrow’s Twitter Chat — #ChatDPD — on Wednesday, December 11 at 3pm ET.