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Nothing Safe about Library WiFi Networks

library wifi safety

It’s back-to-school season, and if you like to surf the Internet while at the library (or even file your taxes), remember that nearly all library WiFi networks are completely open. This means that anything you do online at the library could potentially be seen and intercepted by another person on the same network.

Keep reading for essential tips to protect you (and your children) on any library’s WiFi network. Read More

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Mobile Threats: What You Need to Know About Mobile Payment Risks and Responsibilities

Mobile banking

As we continue to rely on the precarious mix of mobile banking & payments, mobile apps, and public WiFi hotspots, it’s perhaps not such a surprise that online bank fraud is escalating. Quite a bit of this fraud is perpetrated by malicious apps that users inadvertently download on their mobile devices. App developers with malicious intent have become quite adept at concealing the surreptitious nature of these apps. Read More

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4.5 Million Risk ID Theft After Hospital Network Hacked

Community Health hackers

Is malware to blame? Community Health Systems, a company that operates 206 hospitals across the United States, has admitted that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

The company says it secures itself with cyber-liability policies to protect their bottom line. But do the hospitals affiliated with this profitable corporation truly explain to new patients how and where their most sensitive personal information is being shared, saved, and protected? Read More

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Russia’s Latest Privacy Outrage: All Public WiFi Users Must Identify Themselves

russia WiFi

Want to log onto public WiFi in Russia? Well, according to a new law recently passed there, if you want to use public WiFi anywhere in the country, you must now provide information that completely obliterates any online privacy, apparently so Russian authorities can track everything you do online. Read More

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Goodwill Data Breach: Even Charities Are Susceptible to Cyber Criminals

Goodwill breach

It’s believed that Goodwill stores in as many as 21 states may have been hacked for the credit card data of consumers who’ve shopped at the thrift stores. Some signs have led investigators to believe these cybercrimes may have begun as early as May of 2012. But what would make someone stoop so low as to attack a charity whose purpose is to restore a sense of pride in people who are in need, mostly by providing them with training and skills to find better jobs? Read More

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WiFi to Get Faster and Overtake Wired Traffic by 2018

future of wifi

The next generation of WiFi technology will be able to transmit over 7 Gbps (gigabytes per second) data speed, and by 2018, worldwide WiFi traffic will overtake wired traffic for the first time ever.

This means that as fast as things move now in the digital world, they will begin to move even faster. Read More

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Personal Data Privacy: Living In the ‘Golden Age’ of Internet Surveillance

internet surveillance

While the Internet initially provided a platform for the powerless, governments and big business are now using the power of the Internet to collect unprecedented amounts of data about us. How has this happened? Read More

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Boston’s MBTA to Get Free WiFi, But What About Security?

MBTA Free WiFi

In response to complaints from riders about slow and uneven WiFi service, Boston’s MBTA announced a $5.6 million agreement to upgrade free WiFi service on its commuter rail lines. But do commuters truly understand the security risks inherent to public WiFi networks? Read More

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Infographic: Inspire WiFi Highlights the Risks and Rewards of Public WiFi

Public WiFi usage

Inspire WiFi, a company that provides WiFi networks for families, as well as the hospitality and healthcare industries, recently released a cool graphic which highlights just how much we are using public WiFi, as well as the dangers inherent to these kinds of open networks. Read More

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Will the FCC’s $2 Billion Plan for School WiFi Create More Problems Than It Solves?

$2 billion school wifi

WiFi in schools has been happening with much enthusiasm all over the country. So recent news that the Federal Communications Commission will spend $2 billion to boost wireless Internet connectivity in U.S. schools and libraries during the next two years should be a good thing, right?

While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called it a “watershed moment” to give wireless access to 10 million kids, give or take, privacy experts are raising a collective eyebrow. Read More

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