Tagged: vpns


WiFi Snooping: Wait, Isn’t that Illegal?

I am often asked if viewing another person’s Internet communications is illegal.

You would think it would be, right? It seems like a no-brainer.

The surprising answer is actually no. In the United States, at least, it is perfectly legal.

What Freelancers and Small Businesses Need to Know To Protect Their Online Security

Thanks to the Internet and wireless technology, freelancers can turn almost any place in the world into their workplace. But the speed and convenience of doing business online all the time carries special risks for the self-employed. That’s because they may not have the resources to implement strong online security measures.  Even worse, the self-employed may not be covered by the same fraud protection that’s available to individual consumers. Find out how you can protect your online security, as well as your clients’, when you do business on the Web.


Got Personal VPN? Cisco Highlights Major Privacy Vulnerabilities of Wifi Hotspots

From session hijacking to session sidejacking, do you know all your vulnerable points in wifi hotspots?

If not, check out a new white paper from Cisco called “The Future of Hotspots: Making Wi-Fi as Secure and Easy to Use as Cellular.”

We have warned about these kinds of hotspot attacks for years, but it is significant that Cisco agrees with our analysis. After all, Cisco is the largest manufacturer of wifi equipment, having shipped 10 million wifi access points to customers.

If they are saying that wifi hotspots are inherently vulnerable to attacks, you can be sure that they know what they are talking about.

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Ask the Expert: Why Pay for a Personal VPN When HotSpot Shield is Free?

A reader recently asked me why he should pay for a personal VPN when there are “free” options elsewhere. You certainly get what you pay for, and the short answer is that PRIVATE WiFi has no advertising. We don’t sell, rent, or lease user information. Our singular focus is on providing a quality VPN experience for normal, everyday people. In addition, because we are in the service business and not advertising, we offer extensive customer service.

Read the entire response for more information on why PRIVATE WiFi beats any and all personal VPN competitors.

Celebrate Data Privacy Day with 50% off PRIVATE WiFi

As the international community celebrates Data Privacy Day on Saturday, January 28, 2012, PRIVATE WiFi, in hopes of raising awareness for privacy education, is offering a one-day coupon for 50% off of an annual subscription to its personal VPN software.

FaceNiff’s Achilles Heel: Virtual Private Networks Such As Private WiFi

Hackers have developed a scary new piece of software that allows anyone to steal unsecure social network accounts (such as Facebook and Twitter) using a rooted Android phone. A rooted phone basically means a person has administrative access to their phone, which is not standard.

This software is called FaceNiff, and all a hacker has to do is download it onto their Android phone and activate it. After connecting to any nearby wifi network, they can steal any unsecure Facebook or Twitter accounts that are using the same network.


Ask the Expert: The Year in Review

I have enormously enjoyed writing the “Ask the Expert” column this past year.

I started this column because I’m passionate about online security, and I wanted to share with you all that I’ve learned. Since we are near the end of the year, I thought it would be good to provide you with a reference of all the columns I have written.

Tis the Season to Get Hacked: Don’t Become a Holiday Cybercrime Victim

It’s that time of year again.  Cyber Monday, the day after Thanksgiving weekend, is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.  And  cyber grinches have your personal financial information on their holiday shopping list. Find out what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of holiday cybercrime.

Are Your Shared Files At Risk on a Hotel Wifi Network?

One of the things we’re always told to do when using public wifi in a hotel (or any other place) is to turn off file sharing. Okay, that sounds like a smart thing to do, but what exactly does it entail? And can someone on the same wifi network we are on actually access our files? Click the headline above to find out what you need to do before your next hotel stay!