Tagged: wireless security

FaceNiff Brings the Security Risks of Firesheep to the Mobile World: The Social Media Privacy Report  

A new and free application for Android phones, FaceNiff allows a hacker to hijack various social media accounts open on the same WiFi network. This is a huge threat to a user’s internet security and online privacy; learn how more about the dangers and how to protect yourself against FaceNiff.

Seven Wifi Myths We Live and Die By

When it comes to WiFi security, urban legends about how to outsmart hackers are spreading faster than we can connect to the wireless Web. If you don’t want to fall victim to any of them, find out how what’s safe to do on WiFi and what’s not.

How Cyberpunks Hack Wifi Hotspots

Think hacking is difficult? Think again. CEO Kent Lawson outlines the two basic ways that cyberpunks can snoop on your online activities and explains why security experts (and even most WiFi hotspot Terms and Conditions) urge consumers to use a Virtual Private Network to secure their Internet communications.

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Distressingly Fragile: Digital Information and Things That We Trust That We Shouldn’t

It might sound crazy, but it’s actually rather simple for some cyberpunk to drive to where you live or work, park out front, and put up cellphone antenna aimed at your home or office to hack your cell phone conversations, text messages, even emails. Think it’s not so simple? Think again, says CEO Kent Lawson, so check out his latest post exploring a few new “distressingly fragile” mobile trends you need to know about.

Why Seniors Are Easy Targets for Online Identity Theft

Americans over 65 are easy targets for online identity theft. That’s because they grew up in an era when there were no personal computers or cybercrime. If you’re a senior, find out what you can do to avoid becoming a victim.


Report from the InfoSec World Conference: Game-Changing HTML5 Will Alter Browser Security

What’s HTML5? In this week’s post from CEO Kent Lawson, he says it could mean that every time you visit a website, you will be potentially ceding control of your laptop, tablet, or phone to someone else. Read on for more information about the future of website browsing security and what it means for our safety and security online.

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Smartphone Safety and Tax Apps

Filing your taxes? There’s an app for that. Actually, there are a few apps for that. These days time is a precious commodity and the ability to file your taxes through your Smartphone seems like a dream come true. You are now able to snap a picture of your W-2 with your Smartphone, have the information automatically entered and then submitted to the federal government. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Convenience though, often goes hand in hand with a lower level of security and these Smartphone apps are no exception. In order to understand the risks of using these apps one must look at just what is available, what the risks of usage are, and how to protect oneself.

How Identity Thieves Can Steal Your Tax Refund

If you find yourself waiting longer than usual for your income tax refund this year, it could be because identity thieves have already claimed it. Tax related identity theft is the fastest growing form of ID theft, according to a recent Scripps Howard News Service investigation. Find out what you can do to avoid becoming a victim.


Protecting Yourself While Filing Your Taxes Online

There are actually four “tax times” throughout the year, but for most people April 15th is “THE tax time.” It can be a very stressful time of year and the last thing you need to worry about is identity theft. While figuring out if that new pair of shoes could be a “business expense” may have you pulling your hair out, taking some simple precautions can help you avoid having your identity stolen. Follow these precautions to help ensure that finishing your taxes is a time to celebrate, not a time to start worrying.


Ask the Expert: What Are Supercookies? Do They Affect My Online Privacy?

Do you know what a cookie is? No, not the sweet kind we like to eat with a big glass of milk. A cookie (at least the kind found on the Web) is a short line of text that a website puts on your computer’s hard drive when you visit it. And new “supercookie” filess can store more information than a normal cookie and are scattered in multiple locations, which makes them harder to identify and remove. Check out our latest Ask the Expert to learn everything you ever wanted to know about cookies but were afraid to ask.

Tax Season and Online Security: The Social Media Privacy Report

Tax season is here and the deadline to file your taxes, April 18, is rapidly approaching. This time of year normally brings some added pressure, as taxpayers must organize their financial paperwork and sit down for the dreaded conversation with their accountant. But with the new world of social media in the mix, things get even more complicated as invasions of privacy and online scams make tax time even more difficult.