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Getting Hacked on Amtrak: It’s a Lot More Likely to Happen on Trains That Block VPNs

An email we recently received from a PRIVATE WiFi™ subscriber highlights a serious security issue for hotspot users on many Amtrak trains. What happens when you have VPN software to protect your sensitive information, but Amtrak prevents you from using it.

The answer might make you think twice before you connect.

Is Public WiFi Safe?

In the past year public Wi-Fi usage has gone up 240%, but the questions we should be asking: do we need to protect ourselves when we use it and how can be keep ourselves secure? A recent survey by the Identity Theft Resource Center in conjunction with PRIVATE WiFi indicates that 79% of respondents believe that free wireless can lead to identity theft. The findings are clear: a personal VPN is your best line of defense.


Remember, Not All VPNs are Created Equal

Most of us probably assume that if we are using a virtual private network (VPN) either at home or at the office, we are completely safe from hackers. After all, who can hack a supposedly encrypted network?

Well, it turns out that not all VPNs use the same technology, and some of this technology can be hacked by a new device called CloudCracker.

Is your VPN safe? Read on to find out more.

As Cash Vanishes from Our Lives, Online Identity Theft Is Skyrocketing

Have you noticed that cash is rapidly disappearing from your life? Bills and coins account for only 7% of transactions in the U.S. economy, compared to 9% in the Eurozone.  But while a cashless society may be lucrative for banks and convenient for consumers, it’s neither private nor secure. As cash dematerializes, identity theft is going through the roof. Find out how you can avoid becoming a victim.

Hotspots in Strange Places Show We Need to Connect Wherever We Are

By 2015, the number of public Wifi hotspots dotting the planet will reach a staggering 5.8 million. Most of them will be in the usual spots where we travel, work and play.  But that doesn’t seem to be enough for some intrepid Wifi explorers. They’re searching for locations off the beaten path where they can set up hotspots and connect.  And they’re doing it in some pretty far out places.



What’s a VPN and why should I have one?

I expect a large number of people have heard the initials VPN, and most of those understand that it is related to having a secure connection, and is usually related to connecting to work resources.  VPN means Virtual Private Network, and if you look it up on Wikipedia, you will find a large amount of information about the technology, its specifications, and history.  But, the important fact for us users is that VPN technology allows us to use public networks, such as the Internet, in a manner that keeps the information we are sending and receiving on our computer encrypted and secure from others using the Internet.


Hacked Hotel Guests Warn Other Hotspot Users: Don’t Trust Hotel Wifi

For two years, we’ve been telling you about the dangers of using hotel Wifi hotspots.  But now that warning is coming directly from hacking victims’ themselves in two hotel guests’ posts on tripadvisor.com. Their message is loud and clear: “Wifi users beware! You will get hacked!” Before you connect to hotel Wifi, find out how to protect your online privacy.


Cyberattacks Against Law Firms Expose Clients’ Sensitive Information

The mobile workplace has made law firms prime targets for cybercriminals looking to steal clients’ sensitive information. Though few will admit to a data breach, it’s estimated that 80 major U. S. law firms were hacked in 2011.  It happens because law firms’ cybersecurity measures are often compromised by their own employees who use use easy-to-crack passwords, open up virus infected phishing emails and expose client information at Wifi hotspots.  Find out why strong cybersecurity is critical for maintaining client confidentiality and what you can do to make sure it works.


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How Online Banking Raises Your Risk of Identity Theft

Are you hooked on the convenience of online banking? Do you think Zeus is the Greek king of the gods and Oddjob and SpyEye are the bad guys in James Bond movies?  In reality, they’re the names of cutting-edge malware used by organized cybercrime rings to take over your online bank account and steal identity and your cash.  Find out how your risk of identity theft rises every time you bank online.


Trading on Disaster: How Online Trading Can Lead to Identity Theft

Cybercriminals are stealing user names and passwords so they can access online trading accounts directly. Then they’re using that information to make unauthorized trades, wiring the profits to other banks before their victims notice.  Do you know the tell-tale signs of online trading fraud?  Find out how you can avoid becoming the next identity theft victim when you trade online.


Hacked at a Hotspot in Less Than 600 Seconds

Do you think your personal information is safe if you limit your public Wifi  use to a few minutes? Two women named Erika and Ashleigh thought so, too, until they were hacked in less than 600 seconds.  Find out why online privacy is an oxymoron on public Wifi.  And what you can do to protect yourself.