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Don’t Give Your Data Away: Blur Your Passwords, Payments, and Privacy

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Now is the time to make your online activity a blur. Why? Here are some startling reasons: In the last 18 month, over 157 million US credit card holders have been notified of a breach. Furthermore, the typical web surfer is tracked by 11 companies at each site they visit - resulting in over 2,500 unique tracking and data collection attempts weekly. This is the new reality of the Internet in 2014 – and as 2015 approaches, the treat level will only increase. Read More

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Holiday Shopping Goes Mobile: Be Cyber Secure [INFOGRAPHIC]

HolidayGift

As the holiday shopping bustle approaches, don't just think about buying the perfect gift and getting a great deal. For a happy and healthy season, remember that being cyber secure when you make your holiday purchases online is just as important!

This year PRIVATE WiFi has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance to help consumers be safe online when using their mobile devices are they shop. Check out our infographic learn more about the the threats of holiday shopping on the go and follow our five tips for cyber secure shopping. Read More

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CNN Meets With PRIVATE WiFi to Understand Public WiFi Exploits, Privacy Dangers

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CNN International, arguably the world’s largest and most dominant cable news channel, sat down with PRIVATE WiFi this week to better understand the exploits and dangers on public WiFi networks.

CNN aired its "Walk in the Park" segment to showcase various hacking scenarios and the vulnerabilities of public WiFi – whether in a public park setting, hotel, airport, or similar location offering “free” WiFi. Read More

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ITRC Victim Impact Survey Findings LIVE Event

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On Wednesday, October 29, learn about the ITRC's most recent survey report, “Identity Theft: The Aftermath.” A panel of experts will discuss the survey's key findings, with a special emphasis on the emotional impact of identity theft on victims, and ways in which the industry as a whole can leverage this information to better serve victims and consumers.

Can’t make it to the event in Washington, DC, but want to be involved? Join in live on Twitter and follow along with the hashtag #IDTheftImpact. Keep reading for more details about this very important event. Read More

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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

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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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