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Q&A: Founder of ‘Savvy Cyber Kids’ on Cybersecurity Best Practices

Ben Halpert NCSAM

Because October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and in part to raise public awareness of the dangers of identity theft, we recently chatted with author and technology guru Ben Halpert. Several years ago he launched Savvy Cyber Kids, a nonprofit that has joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s STOP.THINK.CONNECT. campaign's national network, forming a partnership that will promote cybersecurity awareness to children nationwide. Keep reading to learn why he launched Savvy Cyber Kids and various topics related to keeping kids as safe as possible online. Read More

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WiFi Footprint: Personal VPNs Endorsed as WiFi Hotspots and Autoconnect Functionality Proliferate

Global WiFi Footprint

"WiFi footprint" is a simple term for a complex issue: the exploding pace of WiFi hotspot creation is not abating and soon a roamable, global alternative network will become our reality.

In a world seemingly saturated in WiFi, the notion of autoconnecting to these networks might seem appealing. However, whether using a laptop or mobile device, security threats remain a constant. Read More

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University of Maryland Professors to Study WiFi Hotspot Behavior

computer WIFI trends and research

Two University of Maryland professors, David Maimon, an expert in online criminal behavior, and Jonathan Katz, the Maryland Cybersecurity Center director, recently received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how people access and use public WiFi hotspots.

Find out what the duo plans to do with the funds -- including looking into why some users may be assuming that it’s safe to access sensitive information on public WiFi hotspots at "upscale" places. Read More

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Experian Survey: We Understand WiFi Dangers but Don’t Protect Ourselves from Identity Theft

WiFi Survey Experian

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and in part to raise public awareness of the dangers of identity theft, Experian, a global information services company, has published a new survey regarding U.S. attitudes toward this serious problem. Check out the results -- including why so many people still fail to take actions to protect themselves online. Read More

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NCSAM 2014: PRIVATE WiFi Champions the Cause of Cybersecurity

NCSAM 2014 Stop.Think.Connect

Today we celebrate the launch of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a national public awareness campaign held each October to encourage everyone to protect their computers, tablets, and smartphones. PRIVATE WiFi is proud to support the great mission and outreach goals, and we're happy to return as a “champion” for the cause of cybersecurity. We’re excited to kick off the month by participating in the first #ChatSTC on Twitter this Thursday, October 2 at 3pm ET.

Keep reading for more details on NCSAM activities as well as how you can join in on the Twitter chat on Thursday! Read More

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Canadian Transit Systems to Get Free WiFi

WiFi Bus Vancouver

You would think Canadians would be a little wary of using public WiFi after a spy agency was accused of using airport WiFi networks to track travelers. But Canadian cities are rapidly installing free public WiFi on their transit systems, including three Metro Vancouver buses that began offering free WiFi earlier this month. Keep reading to find out where else this convenience is expanding (and how to protect your online privacy!). Read More

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Are Phone Calls Over WiFi Hotspots Safe from Hackers?

WiFi Calling Mobile

You might have heard that the new iPhone 6 supports making phone calls over WiFi networks. Using WiFi networks to make calls is the next big thing for mobile phones.

But how safe is it to make phone calls using public WiFi hotspots? Are your calls being encrypted? And should you take any steps to protect yourself from WiFi hackers? Read on to find out more. Read More

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How Hackers Protect Themselves When Using Public WiFi

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Every year, thousands of hackers and security experts descend on Las Vegas for two of the world's largest annual hacker conventions: Defcon and Black Hat. Security researchers present their latest findings and security exploits.

Keep reading to find out what types of hacking they are doing at these events and ways to protect yourself! Read More

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PRIVATE WiFi on Good Morning America: “The Hazards of Public WiFi”

Kent Lawson and Mara Shiavocampo

A recent Good Morning American segment featuring PRIVATE WiFi begins with a startling truth: "Everyone is at risk; public WiFi can leave your most private information wide open." While these public hotspots are widespread and convenient, the free connection comes at a hidden price. Read More

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The Rise of the Evil Twin: How a Personal VPN Can Strike Back

Evil Twin Hotspots

We applaud Tech Republic for explaining what we've been educating about for years: "Public hotspots all have one thing in common; they are open networks that are vulnerable to attacks and security breaches. Most, if not all, public hotspots do not encrypt data, allowing passwords, email messages, and other information to be intercepted by nefarious types.”

Keep reading to see what else their article suggests -- as well as our suggestions for avoiding evil-twin hotspots, dodging hackers, and protecting your identity. Read More

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