Category: News & Features

An Emancipation from Facebook with Unthink: The Social Media Privacy Report

With a proclamation of sorts, Unthink, the newest start-up social networking site that plans to dethroned the evil chains of Facebook, launched last week. It claims to give users the right to own their data and asserts that freedom and emancipation are the keys to their site. Will Unthink give users the right to privacy and security?

Why Online Privacy Isn’t Just an Old People Issue

When the billionaire founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, said concerns about privacy tend to be “old people issues,” maybe he didn’t know that it’s young people who run the greatest risk of becoming victims of identity fraud.  Now studies show they’re finally getting worried enough about it to take action to protect themselves online. Whether you’re young or old or somewhere in between, find out why privacy protection needs to be part of your daily online routine.

The More You Use Facebook, The Less You Care About Privacy: The Social Media Privacy Report

In our bi-weekly social media privacy report we spend a lot of time discussing Facebook privacy and security concerns. Recent posts have included what we considered high priority issues: the network tracking logged out users , new features like the ticker and subscriptions and Facebook content being used for background checks. Yet despite Facebook’s reputation for pushing the envelope in terms of online privacy and security, most users, especially the ones that use the social site on a daily basis, are not worried about privacy.

Hide Your Face on Facebook: Win an iPad2 and Free Privacy Software

PRIVATE WiFi, in conjunction with the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), is sponsoring a contest for Facebook users to help remind them to keep their online identities safe. Four lucky winners will receive a yearly subscription to PRIVATE WiFi and one grand prize winner will receive an iPad 2!

Watch Out for Wifi Hacking on the Fly

Wifi hacking has taken flight!  Dubbed SkyNET, after the artificial intelligence villain in theTerminator, the new airborne robo Wifi hacking drone could take wardriving to new criminal heights. Find out what you can do to protect yourself from fly-by Wifi hackers.


Facebook Tracking Logged Out Users: The Social Media Privacy Report

It is hard to avoid the word Facebook in the news recently. At the company’s F8 conference two weeks ago, the network announced big changes to the user experience: the new Timeline profile, partnerships with music streaming sites like Spotify and the “open graph” concept. All of these alterations will, of course, have large implications on user privacy and security on the social networking site. However, we found it hard to focus on these changes, when just a few days after the conference, an Austrialian hacker revealed a huge security issue: Facebook was enabling cookies that continued to track its users even after they had logged out of the site.

FTC Consumer Complaints Put a Face on Public Wifi Hacking Victims

What do a truck driver, an airline passenger, a company employee traveling on business and a naval reservist training for a Mideast mission have in common? According to complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission, all these consumers became unknowing Wifi hacking victims while they were using public hotspots.  Find out what you need to do to avoid becoming a hotspot hacking statistic.


Facebook Makes Changes… Again: What Do They Mean For Your Privacy?

Just in time for the big F8 Conference yesterday, Facebook made some big changes to the user experience of the site earlier this week. As is the tradition in Facebook mythology, members aren’t happy and complaints are flowing through the News Feed like never before. But we aren’t here to talk about whether the new features on Facebook are good or bad; we want to discuss what they mean for your online privacy.

Hacking Small Businesses Is Big Business for Cybercriminals

Hack attacks against corporate giants like Sony, Citibank and Google  continue grab the headlines. But surprisingly, it’s small and medium sized businesses that are fast becoming cybercriminals’ favorite targets. If you’re a business owner, make it your business to find out how protect your company from digital data thieves.


How Social Engineering is Threatening Our Online Security on Social Networks

Cybercriminals are using social engineering techniques to hack humans on social networks in record numbers. Why?  Because it’s often easier than hacking technology.  And the rewards can be a lot bigger.  Find out how you can avoid becoming a victim of some of the most common social media cons.

Facebook Puts Privacy in the Forefront with New Settings

It may have been the pressure of the growing Google + social network and its “Circles” privacy feature; or maybe it was just Facebook actually listening to user concerns. But no matter what triggered it, on Tuesday the social giant, Facebook, announced a massive redesign of its privacy features that were rolled out just yesterday.