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Heartbleed: A Message From PRIVATE WiFi’s CEO

Let’s start with the good news: you are still safe. The latest Heartbleed situation -- which is a software bug, not a virus -- has not endangered the privacy and security of our customers' communications.

But one of our industry's most respected security analysts claims "catastrophic" is the right word for Heartbleed, because "on the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11." Read More

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Avoid Identity Theft When Shopping with an iPad: Consumer Reports Recommends Using a Personal VPN

Tablets are quickly becoming the favorite mobile device for online shopping. Their big screens and extreme portability make online browsing and buying a whole lot easier for consumers. But unfortunately, tablets have become a favorite target of identity thieves. That’s why Consumer Reports recommends using a personal VPN to avoid identity theft when you’re shopping or banking at WiFi hotspots with an iPad. Read More

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Experiment Shows How Fast Hotspot Hackers Can Harvest Your Sensitive Information

By now, we hope you know that hackers can steal your sensitive information any time you connect to a public WiFi network. But what you may not know is how fast they can do it. That’s what WAFB 9 demonstrated in a hacking experiment on a university hotspot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. What happened should be a wakeup call for hotspot users everywhere.

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Inside the RSA Conference: Look Who’s Online Without a Personal VPN!

A personal VPN must be intelligent enough to know what the connection is and only activate when needed.

At PRIVATE WiFi, we not only devised that capability, we patented it. Read More

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Idea Mensch Interviews Our CEO, Kent Lawson

Recently, PRIVATE WiFi’s CEO, Kent Lawson, sat down with Idea Mensch for an interview. Idea Mensch is an online magazine where entrepreneurs speak to other entrepreneurs about how and why they are successful. Read on for excerpts of his interview. Read More

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Don’t Get Hacked At CES

It’s that time of year again – when more than 150,000 gadget geeks, techies and businesses from around the world descend on Las Vegas for the mother of all trade shows – the International Consumer Electronics Show. With over 3,200 exhibitors previewing and showcasing their high tech products, CES is the perfect place for tech enthusiasts to network. So you’d think it would be safe for attendees to connect their laptops and mobile devices to the event’s public WiFi hotspot.  But you’d be wrong. Like most big events, CES can be a hot spot for hackers.  If you’re going to be there, make sure you don’t become a target. Read More

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Shopping at WiFi Hotspots Could Lead to a Not-So-Merry Mobile Christmas

Cyber grinches are shopping at WiFi hotspots this holiday season – and they're seeking your sensitive information. And if 2013 is any indication -- keep in mind Cyber Monday became the biggest online shopping day in history, racking up a record $2.29 billion in online sales -- they’ll continue to make out like bandits. Find out how you can avoid becoming a holiday hotspot hacking victim when you shop online. Read More

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Hacked for the Holidays: How Shopping Online Leads to Cybercrime

For the first time ever, the Internet will be Americans' most popular shopping destination, according to an annual survey by Deloitte Consulting of New York. But many consumers who love the savings and the convenience of shopping online don’t realize cyber crooks shop online, too – for their victims’ personal information. Read More

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Video Challenge Winners: Creative Shorts Take Home the Prize

Using this musical skit from Pants on Fire as their inspiration, we challenged our Facebook fans to create a short video about PRIVATE WiFi. While all of the entries in our "It's PRIVATE WIFI:" Video Challenge showed great promise, only two could walk away victorious. And here they are: Lincoln Hawks and Travis Moulding! Read More

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Jumio Warns Consumers: Fraudsters Are Targeting WiFi Hotspots

WiFi hotspots are the most popular way for consumers to get online. But hotspot users need to be careful about which public WiFi networks they’re connecting to or they could end up having their identities stolen by fraudsters. That’s the conclusion of a soon to be released white paper called “The Fraudsters Playbook” by the next generation credentials management company Jumio Inc. Find out just how easy it is for identity thieves to grab your sensitive data and your identity at WiFi hotspots. Read More

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