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Twitter Chat Sponsored by ITRC and PRIVATE WiFi Raises Awareness of Public WiFi Dangers

Earlier this month, PRIVATE WiFi and The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) co-hosted the monthly ID Theft Twitter Chat. The ITRC hosts these monthly events in an effort to engage consumers in discussion about the issues surrounding identity theft. As the ITRC believes that cyber security is an important part of protecting from identity theft, the issue of public WiFi is of of utmost importance. Many of the participants felt as strongly about the risks of WiFi usage and there was a lot of great input.

Read on to discover the highlights of the chat.

Hacked in the Subway: PRIVATE WiFi Featured on WNBC

“Turns out free WiFi has a price,” explained WNBC New York’s Andrew Siff in a recent segment.

As public WiFi connections expand in New York City’s subway system, Siff recognized the security implications. To get a better understanding, he spent some time underground with PRIVATE WiFi’s CEO Kent Lawson and Product Growth Manager Raj Devjani.

According to WNBC, “Computer security experts say the same advice that applies at coffee shops and parks and other places where you can tap into free hotspots needs to be reinforced underground… Experts recommend that riders… [on] public Wi-Fi should use a VPN, or virtual private network, to protect their correspondence.”

The FBI and SOeC Endorse VPNs for Securing Mobile Devices

Securing Our eCity Foundation (SOeC), in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has developed a Public Service Announcement featuring five tips for keeping yourself safe on your mobile device.

In this PSA, airing on San Diego’s NBC 7, FBI Special Agent Darell Foxworth states, “Securing your mobile device is essential to keep your data out of the hands of crooks.”

Agent Foxworth provides the following steps for protected yourself:

  1. Lock your device with a passcode.
  2. When using public WiFi, limit using e-mail, social networking, shopping, and banking, unless you have a secure Virtual Private Network, or VPN.
  3. Keep your device up to date. When software patches are available, use them.
  4. Avoid questionable apps, and only download from trusted sources.
  5. Always back up your data.

WiFi Worries: Study Finds Popular Home Routers Are Vulnerable to Hacking

When WiFi users complain about getting hacked on their home networks, it’s often the result of their own careless wireless behavior — everything from using simple passwords to outdated security. But a new study reveals that home WiFi users aren’t the only ones responsible for some very serious wireless security problems. Thirteen of the most popular home and small office routers have critical security vulnerabilities that could create major risks to users — risks that are out of their control.

Find out which routers you should watch out for and what you can do to protect your online security.

25,000 Facebook Likes: Why Our Fans Like Us!

Last week, we celebrated a big milestone: the PRIVATE WiFi Facebook community grew beyond 25,000 Likes. Our fans have been extraordinary over the past few years; engaged, they care about WiFi privacy and security, as well as our VPN solution. We wanted to thank them and we did!

Asking the simple question, “What do you like about the PRIVATE WiFi page?” we encouraged our fans to share their responses with us. Then we selected 25 fans to win a free year of PRIVATE WiFi!

We got some incredible comments; so amazing that we just had to share them with all of you. 

Below are our 25 winners and their reasons for “liking” us. We hope that you will “Like” us, too!

Identity Theft and Public WiFi Twitter Chat: Thursday, 5/2

Public WiFi use is growing, but are you aware of the dangers? During Thursday, May 2’s #IDTheftChat, co-hosted by the Identity Theft Resource Center (@ITRCSD) and Private WiFi (@privatewifi), we will explain that public WiFi is not secure and how using public WiFi can lead to identity theft.  Please join us for May’s edition of identity theft twitter chat!

Google, Yahoo, Other Tech Giants Support CISPA

Earlier this month, a high-tech trade group representing Google, Yahoo, Oracle, and Cisco came out in support of CISPA, the controversial cybersecurity bill currently being debated in Congress.

This group, called TechNet, says the bill addresses the need for industry and government to be able to share cyberthreats information in real time.

Click to find out why this is a troubling development and one that could directly impact your sensitive personal information!

Hot Coffee: Know Your Identity-Theft Hotspots

While ordering a hot cup of caffeine and hooking up to free internet has obvious advantages, many consumers aren’t aware that they’re in potentially dangerous “hot zones” for identity theft. Read on to learn more ways hackers harvest your personal information through your internet connection.

Your Online Security is Only as Strong as Your Weakest Password

Let’s just admit it: the passwords we use online are not very good. And we probably use the same one over many different online accounts.

Maybe you have had your accounts hacked in the past (who among us has not had their Facebook account hacked?), or maybe you haven’t, but it’s good to remember that our online security is only as good as our weakest password. Read on for information on “brute force” hacking and more tips to implement today.

Paying for “Free” Wireless With Your Data: Social WiFi

What happens when WiFi becomes socialized and companies start harnessing the power of social media to drive business? That is where, Purple WiFi enters the arena, and if the concept of “Social WiFi” makes you weary, you are on the right path. You end up paying for that “free” WiFi, with your most valuable asset: your data!

Hacked in the Halls of Justice: Without a VPN, Court WiFi Hotspots Aren’t Secure

Just because you’re in the halls of justice doesn’t mean your sensitive information is secure when you use a WiFi hotspot there.

Courts around the country that offer free WiFi are warning users they should be aware of the risks. Find out what you need to know to protect your personal data when you use their free wireless networks on jury duty.