According to WifiForward, a group of companies concerned with making WiFi better, we are in for a WiFi crunch in a few years. Having better WiFi connections can only lead to a brighter future, but as we move into this WiFi-centric world, we would do well to keep online security issues in mind.
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As if New York City’s popular elevated park, the High Line, needed another reason to draw even more people, it’s now the latest and greatest location to access a public WiFi hotspot.
While we all can agree that it’s nice to have WiFi hotspots available (including when we’re walking around New York City), how many of the people accessing these hotspots know that anything they do online while using them can be intercepted and viewed by hackers?
A survey recently sponsored by Comcast shows that free WiFi is now one of the best things that a small businesses can offer to their customers. This survey included responses from over 600 employees and managers at companies with fewer than 100 employees.
In the age of smartphones, why would anyone want to use an outdated New York City payphone? To connect to a free WiFi hotspot, of course! That’s what NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is counting on as he embarks on a bold plan to create one of the largest public WiFi networks in the country. Politicians and public interest and trade groups are jumping on the payphone hotspot bandwagon. But wait a minute! Is anybody thinking about security, which is non-existent at WiFi hotspots?
CSID, a company that offers identity protection for businesses, released a white paper entitled “When Good Technology Goes Bad: Evolution of Mobile Technology,” which describes how our culture has been completely transformed by mobile technology and public WiFi networks. So what can you do to stay safe? Check out the advice and tips from CSID.
IT firm Sophos wanted to find out whether people were connecting to wireless networks securely and identified 72,000 wireless networks around San Francisco in a matter of days. How did these networks fare when it comes to WiFi security? Who is using the best security? And HOW many connected to Sophos’s fake public WiFi network?
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?
Troels Oerting, the Head of Europol’s cybercrime center, has warned businesses and individuals not to send sensitive information over public WiFi networks. As the number of incidents in Europe, where hackers are using public WiFi to steal personal information from users increases, Interpol warns consumers to take precautions.
Flying from New York to San Francisco last week, I had the opportunity to check out the (unencrypted) GoGo wifi service on the plane. As my interest was purely curiosity, I used a tool that just lists the names of the websites that people are visiting. So what are people doing on the Internet at 36,000 feet?
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Documents released by Snowden confirm that the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), a Canadian spy agency, apparently has been using airport WiFi networks to track travelers.
Hotel WiFi may be an ideal way to stay on top of your work and keep in touch with your family when you’re away from home. But it’s also the perfect way for hackers to grab your sensitive information, as a recent experiment conducted by the IT security company Smarttech dramatically demonstrated. Find out just how easy it is to hack a hotel WiFi hotspot and what you can do to protect yourself before you log in.