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Holiday Shopping Goes Mobile: Be Cyber Secure [INFOGRAPHIC]

As the holiday shopping bustle approaches, don’t just think about buying the perfect gift and getting a great deal. For a happy and healthy season, remember that being cyber secure when you make your holiday purchases online is just as important!

This year PRIVATE WiFi has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance to help consumers be safe online when using their mobile devices are they shop. Check out our infographic learn more about the the threats of holiday shopping on the go and follow our five tips for cyber secure shopping.

ITRC Victim Impact Survey Findings LIVE Event

On Wednesday, October 29, learn about the ITRC’s most recent survey report, “Identity Theft: The Aftermath.” A panel of experts will discuss the survey’s key findings, with a special emphasis on the emotional impact of identity theft on victims, and ways in which the industry as a whole can leverage this information to better serve victims and consumers.

Can’t make it to the event in Washington, DC, but want to be involved? Join in live on Twitter and follow along with the hashtag #IDTheftImpact. Keep reading for more details about this very important event.

WiFi Footprint: Personal VPNs Endorsed as WiFi Hotspots and Autoconnect Functionality Proliferate

“WiFi footprint” is a simple term for a complex issue: the exploding pace of WiFi hotspot creation is not abating and soon a roamable, global alternative network will become our reality.

In a world seemingly saturated in WiFi, the notion of autoconnecting to these networks might seem appealing. However, whether using a laptop or mobile device, security threats remain a constant.

University of Maryland Professors to Study WiFi Hotspot Behavior

Two University of Maryland professors, David Maimon, an expert in online criminal behavior, and Jonathan Katz, the Maryland Cybersecurity Center director, recently received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how people access and use public WiFi hotspots.

Find out what the duo plans to do with the funds — including looking into why some users may be assuming that it’s safe to access sensitive information on public WiFi hotspots at “upscale” places.

Experian Survey: We Understand WiFi Dangers but Don’t Protect Ourselves from Identity Theft

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and in part to raise public awareness of the dangers of identity theft, Experian, a global information services company, has published a new survey regarding U.S. attitudes toward this serious problem. Check out the results — including why so many people still fail to take actions to protect themselves online.

Canadian Transit Systems to Get Free WiFi

You would think Canadians would be a little wary of using public WiFi after a spy agency was accused of using airport WiFi networks to track travelers. But Canadian cities are rapidly installing free public WiFi on their transit systems, including three Metro Vancouver buses that began offering free WiFi earlier this month. Keep reading to find out where else this convenience is expanding (and how to protect your online privacy!).

Are Phone Calls Over WiFi Hotspots Safe from Hackers?

You might have heard that the new iPhone 6 supports making phone calls over WiFi networks. Using WiFi networks to make calls is the next big thing for mobile phones.

But how safe is it to make phone calls using public WiFi hotspots? Are your calls being encrypted? And should you take any steps to protect yourself from WiFi hackers? Read on to find out more.

How Hackers Protect Themselves When Using Public WiFi

Every year, thousands of hackers and security experts descend on Las Vegas for two of the world’s largest annual hacker conventions: Defcon and Black Hat. Security researchers present their latest findings and security exploits.

Keep reading to find out what types of hacking they are doing at these events and ways to protect yourself!

The Rise of the Evil Twin: How a Personal VPN Can Strike Back

We applaud Tech Republic for explaining what we’ve been educating about for years: “Public hotspots all have one thing in common; they are open networks that are vulnerable to attacks and security breaches. Most, if not all, public hotspots do not encrypt data, allowing passwords, email messages, and other information to be intercepted by nefarious types.”

Keep reading to see what else their article suggests — as well as our suggestions for avoiding evil-twin hotspots, dodging hackers, and protecting your identity.

Will WiFi Replace Cable and Fiber Networks?

In a recent blog post, we mentioned that the next generation of WiFi technology will be much faster, and that by 2018, worldwide WiFi traffic will overtake wired traffic for the first time ever.

Now see how one Silicon Valley company plans to bring high-speed WiFi networks to underdeveloped parts of the U.S. as well as developing countries.

OpenSignal’s U.S. WiFi Study Looks at Speed, But Not Network Security

OpenSignal is a small startup with a very interesting mission: they are creating a database of WiFi access points around the world and are hoping to become the global authority on wireless networks. Their website contains analysis of all of the data they have collected, including the WiFi signal strength of all access points in a given area.

How do they do it?