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Infographic: Protecting Yourself and Your Mobile Device

WiFi Risks Crowd Control HQ

While most people secure their laptops with the latest security updates, there's still a large segment of society who seems to think security issues do not affect their mobile phones.
An infographic designed by a company called Crowd Control HQ aims to protect everyone's mobile device -- but they forgot one very important security tip!

Keep reading to learn more. Read More

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Will WiFi Replace Cable and Fiber Networks?

Mimosa WiFi

In a recent blog post, we mentioned that the next generation of WiFi technology will be much faster, and that by 2018, worldwide WiFi traffic will overtake wired traffic for the first time ever.

Now see how one Silicon Valley company plans to bring high-speed WiFi networks to underdeveloped parts of the U.S. as well as developing countries. Read More

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OpenSignal’s U.S. WiFi Study Looks at Speed, But Not Network Security

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OpenSignal is a small startup with a very interesting mission: they are creating a database of WiFi access points around the world and are hoping to become the global authority on wireless networks. Their website contains analysis of all of the data they have collected, including the WiFi signal strength of all access points in a given area.

How do they do it? Read More

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Home Depot Hit by Data Thieves, Similar to Target Breach

Buckhead Home Depot data breach

Have you heard about the major Home Depot attack? Some say it could be one of the largest data breaches in history, even larger than the Target data breach last year. It speaks to a lack of awareness of security protocols -- and has identity theft experts very worried. Read More

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Android Apps Susceptible to Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

man in the middle FireEye

With a man-in-the-middle attack, your app thinks it is communicating with the app’s web server, but in fact, all of your personal information is being sent directly to the hacker’s computer. Keep reading for details on the two kinds of SSL vulnerabilities that FireEye found in some of the most popular Android apps -- and how to protect yourself today. Read More

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Study Shows Airline Passengers Are Demanding In-Flight WiFi

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A new survey has found that airline passengers are now viewing WiFi as a necessity -- not an optional perk. Consider that nearly 9 in 10 (89%) would give up beverage service and bathroom access for high-speed WiFi (even though in-flight WiFi is just like any other public WiFi: completely open and insecure). Keep reading for other surprising findings from the study. Read More

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Should You Use ‘Free’ WiFi Networks at Football Games?

football WiFi networks

Some NFL stadiums, such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, will now offer “high density” WiFi, so fans can log onto the stadium’s WiFi network.

But what you are giving up in exchange for access to so-called “free” WiFi? And who has access to your data as a result of being online at sporting events? Read More

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Google: Consumers Not Entitled to ‘Windfall’ Compensation In WiFi Snooping Lawsuit

streetviewcar

Remember the brouhaha over Google's Street View cars collecting personally identifiable information (including emails and Internet browsing activity) from WiFi networks that weren't password-protected? The U.S. government intervened (the Federal Communications Commission even fined the search giant $25,000 in 2012 for refusing to cooperate with the investigation).

But did you know that Google also ended up in a class-action lawsuit? Read More

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The Celebrity Photo Hack: Were Phones Hacked Over Public WiFi?

Hollywood hacked photos

Were the phones of celebrities hacked via WiFi, perhaps at a celebrity event? Although this is not known or confirmed, it's one possibility among many being floated around the Internet in the wake of the naked photo scandal rocking Hollywood. Read More

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Twitter Chat on Back-to-School Identity Protection

Kids and ID theft

PRIVATE WiFi and the Identity Theft Resource Center will be hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, September 4, at 2pm ET, to discuss the hidden dangers and the ways to prevent a personal data breach of your kids’ information. Keep reading to learn some of the most commonly asked questions about children’s identity security, and of course, please join us Thursday to answer any questions you may have. Read More

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