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‘Free Social WiFi’ Isn’t Exactly Free

The idea behind the concept of social WiFi is pretty simple: merchants offer free WiFi service to customers who visit their stores in exchange for customers logging into their network using their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts or by giving the merchant their email address. Once the consumer gets access to the WiFi network, they are asked to like the merchant’s Facebook page, or subscribe to a mailing list. Read More

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Facial Recognition: The Scariest Privacy Issue

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No one doubts that biometric identification is a powerful tool with many possible applications. But there’s a downside to this technology: in essence, our faces can now be used for government tracking and surveillance that was not possible until now. And there are few safeguards currently in place to curb excessive use of this tool. Read More

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Wireless Safety Tips for Travelers from PRIVATE WiFi and STOP.THINK.CONNECT.: [INFOGRAPHIC]

OnTheGoWiFiSafety

Warning: There is an invisible safety threat that you will encounter on your next vacation. No matter where you are going or when, you will likely encounter WiFi on your journey. While the convenience of such a connection is alluring to any vacationer, understanding the dangers associated with using that wireless hotspot are paramount and it is up to you to protect yourself. Read More

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TRUSTe’s Survey Shows That We Are Concerned about Mobile Device Privacy

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These days we are using mobile phones and tablets more and more, and this trend away from computers to mobile devices will continue in the years to come, according to a survey about consumer attitudes and mobile device privacy released by TRUSTe, a leading privacy services provider. Read More

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Can Google Glass Steal Your Online Banking Passwords Just By Looking?

Google Glass

Privacy expectations have been evolving or changing for several years. As younger generations become more comfortable sharing personal information with less expectation that it will remain private, it’s no secret that our online privacy expectations are fading fast. Read More

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Sophos’ Warbiking Campaign Goes to Las Vegas and Sydney

Sophos Warbike Sydney

If you remember the article we posted a few months ago about Sophos’ warbiking tour, you’ll recall that Sophos found that only 13% of WiFi users in San Francisco were connecting to the Internet using WPA2 security, the recommended best-practice protocol and the safest security protocol currently available.

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Zone Alarm Highlights the Risks of Public WiFi

Public WiFi Infographic

A shocking two thirds of us (64%) have little or no concern about connection to public WiFi networks, despite the fact that everything we do on these networks can be viewed and stolen by others. Check out a study by Zone Alarm, which highlights three of the biggest risks on public WiFi: man-in-the-middle attacks, rogue WiFi networks, and packet sniffers. Read More

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In Unanimous Opinion, SCOTUS Defends Cell Phone Privacy

Cell Phones Fourth Amendment

In a landmark decision for digital privacy, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that warrantless searches of cell phones are not permitted by the Fourth Amendment. The Court looked at two cases to see if the warrantless searches of the defendants' cell phones were reasonable and allowed under the Fourth Amendment. The Court ruled that they were not reasonable, but allowed for exemptions in emergency situations, such as preventing a terrorist act. Read More

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CBS News: WiFi Hotspots ‘Hotbed for Hacker Activity’

CBS News Jericka Caleb

In a compelling new video clip, CBS News praises the merits of PRIVATE WiFi and highlights the increasing awareness among security-savvy consumers to protect their data in wireless hotspots. Watch as CBS News' Jericka Duncan gets her email credentials -- including user name and password -- literally stolen out of thin air. Read More

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Don’t Be Evil: San Francisco Artist Spoofs Google’s Free WiFi

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A San Francisco media artist named Harris David Harris has created a fake public WiFi network that looked very much like the free one that Google offers to its employees who take private shuttles to and from work in Silicon Valley. His “d0ntb33vil” project -- which mimics Google’s motto -- also serves as his MFA thesis project in the Digital Arts and New Media program at UC Santa Cruz.

Instead of getting Internet access, Google employees saw an image of the sidewalk in front of them. Read More

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