Category: News & Features

Hacked for the Holidays: How Shopping Online Leads to Cybercrime

For the first time ever, the Internet will be Americans’ most popular shopping destination, according to an annual survey by Deloitte Consulting of New York. But many consumers who love the savings and the convenience of shopping online don’t realize cyber crooks shop online, too – for their victims’ personal information.

Gowex Might Make Public WiFi Even More Dangerous Than It Already Is

Gowex is a company based in Spain that provides free public wifi networks around the world. They have been in the news lately because they are just about to launch a network in New York City that includes 2,000 new hotspots. Gowex will service both high-traffic and lesser-known parts of the five boroughs. So what is the problem?

Video Challenge Winners: Creative Shorts Take Home the Prize

Using this musical skit from Pants on Fire as their inspiration, we challenged our Facebook fans to create a short video about PRIVATE WiFi. While all of the entries in our “It’s PRIVATE WIFI:” Video Challenge showed great promise, only two could walk away victorious. And here they are: Lincoln Hawks and Travis Moulding!

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.

 

Jumio Warns Consumers: Fraudsters Are Targeting WiFi Hotspots

WiFi hotspots are the most popular way for consumers to get online. But hotspot users need to be careful about which public WiFi networks they’re connecting to or they could end up having their identities stolen by fraudsters. That’s the conclusion of a soon to be released white paper called “The Fraudsters Playbook” by the next generation credentials management company Jumio Inc. Find out just how easy it is for identity thieves to grab your sensitive data and your identity at WiFi hotspots.

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.

Don’t Lose Your Identity At College: Study Finds Millennials Don’t Care About Online Security Risks

Millennials are the most connected generation in history. But their ease with online technology and their propensity for sharing information on the Internet have led them to engage in risky online behavior, according to a new study by the defense contractor Raytheon. And that’s leading to an explosion of identity theft among young adults.

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.

Survey Finds 34% of Users Take No Security Measures on Public WiFi

Do you take steps to protect your online security when you connect to WiFi hotspots? Unfortunately, for one out of every three hotspot users, the answer to that question is “no,” according to a recent study by Kaspersky Lab and the research agency B2B International.

And that, along with other security lapses, has created a cybercrime explosion.