Now is the time to make your online activity a blur. Why? Here are some startling reasons: In the last 18 month, over 157 million US credit card holders have been notified of a breach. Furthermore, the typical web surfer is tracked by 11 companies at each site they visit – resulting in over 2,500 unique tracking and data collection attempts weekly. This is the new reality of the Internet in 2014 – and as 2015 approaches, the treat level will only increase.
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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.
As we continue to rely on the precarious mix of mobile banking & payments, mobile apps, and public WiFi hotspots, it’s perhaps not such a surprise that online bank fraud is escalating. Quite a bit of this fraud is perpetrated by malicious apps that users inadvertently download on their mobile devices. App developers with malicious intent have become quite adept at concealing the surreptitious nature of these apps.
The best way to protect yourself while using a public WiFi network? To quote Consumer Reports, the best way to “protect all of your communications, even on open networks [is] by first installing a personal virtual private network app on your phone or computer.”
We couldn’t agree more!
In what is one of the largest data breaches in history, eBay has gone public with the news that they have been the victims of a data breach that resulted in 145 million customer records being exposed.
Click to find out whether the user information exposed — perhaps even your personal information — had been encrypted by eBay.
When most people think of identity theft, they probably think of having their credit card information stolen or an account opened in their names.
In reality, there are many types of identity theft as a result of a stolen Social Security number or someone fraudulently filing for your government disability, your health insurance benefits, and even your tax return.
On April 7, all of the daily email blasts we received had the same word in the subject line. That word was Heartbleed. Keep reading to learn how to take measures to protect yourself and your information because Heartbleed (whether everyone knows it or not) is a serious bug, but there are security steps you can take today. After all, a bug in your computer is not unlike a bug in your body, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Let’s start with the good news: you are still safe. The latest Heartbleed situation — which is a software bug, not a virus — has not endangered the privacy and security of our customers’ communications.
But one of our industry’s most respected security analysts claims “catastrophic” is the right word for Heartbleed, because “on the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.”
During tax season and beyond, it is hard to go a day without seeing a sign for free public WiFi at a local coffee shop, library, restaurant, airport, hotel, train station and countless other locations. No matter where we go, WiFi is around us. While having instantaneous and constant access to wireless hotspots can be convenient, they also come with dangers and risks. Have you ever asked yourself whether you are protected against hackers and threats when using public WiFi?
Tablets are quickly becoming the favorite mobile device for online shopping. Their big screens and extreme portability make online browsing and buying a whole lot easier for consumers. But unfortunately, tablets have become a favorite target of identity thieves. That’s why Consumer Reports recommends using a personal VPN to avoid identity theft when you’re shopping or banking at WiFi hotspots with an iPad.
Do you think WiFi hotspot hackers are mostly interested in stealing high-value confidential information like your Social Security number, your credit card data and your bank account information? Well, think again.
Cyber crooks are some of the most cunning people on the planet. When it comes to committing identity fraud, they’re always looking for new targets of opportunity – like your airline miles.
Skimming is still a lucrative endeavor for thieves, as PayPal’s president found out the hard way. This unfortunate event reminds us that it doesn’t matter who you are, you can still be a target for the thieves.