wifi: How a Wi-Fi Hacker Snoops on Your Laptop and Mobile - 01/30/20 07:42 AM
You have likely heard of the dangers of using unsecure public Wi-Fi, so you know that hackers are out there snooping. It is pretty easy to hack into a laptop or mobile device that is on a public Wi-Fi connection with no protection. Hackers can read your emails, steal passwords, and even hijack your website log ins.
Let’s imagine that you are in a local coffee shop with your laptop. All someone has to do is download a wireless network analyzer, which usually has a free trial, and with the right hardware and additional software they can often see what everyone is … (36 comments)

wifi: Hackers Hacking Airport USB Ports - 06/27/19 05:56 AM
Have you ever wondered if it’s a good idea to surf the internet using a public WiFi network at the airport? It’s heavily trafficked, so it’s more likely that your information could get stolen, right? In some cases, it is safe to use public WiFi; your information isn’t always entirely at risk if you’re connecting to the airport network but there are definitely vulnerabilities. And, when at the airport, you may want to rethink the urge to plug in your phone using one of the USB charging stations near the gate.
It is possible that cybercriminals could use those stations to download … (11 comments)

wifi: 10 Ways to Prevent Holiday Shopping Scams - 12/11/18 06:02 AM
The winter holidays: a time for festivities and … fraud-tivities.
Gift Card Grab
Never, ever enter your credit card or other sensitive information to claim a gift card that comes via email.
Never Buy Over Public WiFi
Shopping over public WiFi means your credit card, bank account or login data could get picked up by a cyber thief. Use a VPN.
Coupon Cautious
If a coupon deal seems too good to be true, then assume it is. End of story. Next.
Password Housekeeping
Change the passwords for all your sensitive accounts. No two passwords should be the same. Passwords should be a random salad of upper and lower … (4 comments)

wifi: Beware of those hackable Holiday Gifts - 01/11/16 09:55 PM
If you’re going to drone on and on about how you got hacked by a cyber thief, maybe it’s because you played with your new drone—you know, those rad little flying devices that hover via remote control over your street? Yes, they are hackable.
If you don’t have a drone, don’t be surprised if you get one as a gift this season, as Americans are spending tens and tens of millions of dollars on them.
First off, if you spot a drone, before you go, “Wow, cool, there’s a drone! Kids, come look at this!” consider the possibility that it’s spying on you.
Drones … (2 comments)

wifi: How to kick People off your Wi-Fi - 12/07/15 09:58 PM
If someone is “borrowing” your Wi-Fi service, there’s more to this than just the nerve of someone secretly mooching off of you.
Their use of your service could interfere with bandwidth and mess up your connection. If they’re a bad guy hacker or even a skeevy child porn peddling pedophile and get caught, it can be traced to your connection—and you will have a lot of explaining to do to the authorities when they bang on your door at 4am with a battering ram.
How can you tell if someone’s riding on your signal?
Log into your router to see what’s connected. For … (6 comments)

wifi: Why use a VPN? - 10/02/15 11:23 PM
If you want to be a pro at privacy, here’s a tip: When it’s time to go online, whether it’s at an airport lounge, coffee house, hotel, or any other public Wi-Fi spot, don’t log into any of your accounts unless you use a virtual private network (VPN).
A VPN is a technology that creates a secure connection over an unsecured network. It’s important to use because a hacker can potentially “see” your login information on an unsecured network. For instance, when you log in to your bank account, the hacker may be able to record your information, and even take money … (0 comments)

wifi: Back to school Tech Security for College Students - 09/08/15 11:45 PM
Some of us remember college dorm days, when students were envied if they had their own typewriter. These days, college students must have a personal laptop computer, and a smartphone, and their lives revolve around these connected devices.  Such dependency should be proactively protected from loss or theft.  Campus security now means more than just being beware of who might be hiding in the bushes at night.
When you send your college kid off into the world, you want them to be prepared for life’s curveballs, and unfortunately, the occasional criminal too. How prepared are they? How prepared are you? Do you … (3 comments)

wifi: Don't's and Do's when using Public Wi-Fi - 08/30/15 11:41 PM
Curl up in a chair at your favorite coffee house, the aroma of premium coffee filling the air, take a few sips of your 700 calorie latte, and then enter cyberspace. Little do you know that you could have a stalker. Or two. Or 3,000. Because public Wi-Fi is there for the picking for hackers. Online transmissions can be intercepted. The credit card number that you enter onto that retailer’s site can be “seen.”
Don’t Do These at a Public Wi-Fi Site
Never leave your spot without your device on you—not even for a moment. You may come back and still see … (4 comments)

wifi: The High Performance Router for a Many-Device Home - 05/26/15 11:23 PM
You will love the Tri-Band WiFi technology; it can connect all of your devices at the same time. The only router capable of this is the Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router (a.k.a. Netgear R8000).
This router provides three connections and has six wing-like antennas. Another feature is the ReadyShare USB. The user who’d really be interested in the Netgear R8000 is the one who has all sorts of electronics like a complete entertainment system, desktop PCs, a few laptops, game consoles, smartphones, etc.
But even if you have just five devices in your house, you may still wish to consider this … (4 comments)

wifi: Risks of Public WiFi - 05/24/15 11:54 PM
Wired internet or wireless WiFi, the warnings are out there: Don’t visit any websites that you have important accounts with when using a public computer (hotel, airport, café, etc.).
Visiting even a more trivial account, such as an online community for cheese lovers, could sink you—in that a cyber thief might get your username and password—which are the same ones you have for your bank account, PayPal and Facebook.
Why is public Wi-Fi such a bad thing for shopping and banking and other such activities?
Snooperama
As already touched on, a roving hacker could glean your username and password, or credit card number and … (6 comments)

wifi: Things You should and shouldn’t do on Public Wi-Fi - 05/19/15 11:33 PM
Public Wi-Fi is the location where you can get online: airport, airplane, coffee house, hotel, motel and more. Many people don’t give this a second thought, unaware of how risky this really is.
Public Wi-Fi is very non-secure, a goldmine for hackers who want to steal your identity and commit fraud, destroy your website, you name it. They can do this many ways, including intercepting your activity with an imposter website where you input login details—that the hacker then obtains.
But public Wi-Fi will always be risky as long as its proprietors, such as the coffee house, find that enabling security features hampers … (1 comments)

wifi: Beware of scary WiFi Virus - 01/13/15 08:39 PM
It’s called Chameleon—a computer virus—but maybe it should be called FrankenVirus. You wouldn’t believe what it can do: literally move through the air, as in airborne—like a biological pathogen.

And like some Franken-creation, it came from a laboratory, cultivated at the University of Liverpool’s School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Electronics.
Chameleon leaps from one WiFi access point to another. And the more access points that are concentrated in a given area (think of them almost like receptor sites), the more this virus gets to hop around and spread infection.
The scientists behind this creation have discovered that … (7 comments)

wifi: 5 Ways to prevent Airline WiFi from Hackers - 01/12/15 09:04 PM
When getting on a flight many business professionals connect online. It’s common these days to see a number of people on an airplane busy at their laptops—business-looking people dressed in suits, eyes pasted to spreadsheets, charts, graphs and other grinding tasks.

How many know that their company’s data can be snatched out of thin air, literally?
Here’s the thing: If you are connecting to WiFi on a plane and have all these company secrets on your device and all this client data, there is a solid chance you are risking information. Savvy business travelers may not be savvy about security—or, … (4 comments)

wifi: 7 Careful Commerce tips when Shopping this Holiday Season - 12/26/14 08:46 PM
Frosty the Hackman is teaming up this season with the Grinch to scam people out of their money. Shopping online is a godsend, but it brings with it a pristine opportunity to be ripped off.

Avoid Phishing Scams. Never click on links inside e-mails even if they’re (allegedly!) from Macy’s, Kohl’s or some other big-name retailer. Scammers can easily make an e-mail appear legitimate. The e-mail inside the message may take you to a website that downloads a virus to your computer. Thwart Visual Hackers. Planning on doing some online shopping on your lunch break? Some hackers steal data by … (0 comments)

wifi: Protect your Data during Holiday Travel - 12/25/14 09:35 PM
You’re dreaming of a white Christmas, and hackers are dreaming of a green Christmas: your cash in their pockets. And hackers are everywhere, and are a particular threat to travelers.
Prior to leaving for your holiday vacation, have an IT specialist install a disk encryption on your laptop if you plan on bringing it along; the hard drive will have encryption software to scramble your data if the device it lost or stolen. Try to make arrangements to prevent having to use your laptop to handle sensitive data. If you must, then at least store all the data in an encrypted … (2 comments)

wifi: College bound kids: protect your identity - 11/13/14 09:32 PM
The good old days were when today’s college kids’ parents lugged their typewriters into their dorm room, and they communicated to people via the phone on their room’s wall. Their biggest worry was someone stealing their popcorn maker. Nowadays, college kids need to beware of remote invasions by thieves.

Major educational institutions have reported numerous data breaches; they come from criminals but also result from professors being careless with laptops and students on open WiFi.
Why are colleges hotspots for hackers? There’s all sorts of users on insecure networks, not to mention a wealth of data. So it’s no longer … (0 comments)

wifi: How to see and boot off Someone using your WiFi - 10/01/14 12:33 AM
You were taught to share your toys as a young child, but this doesn’t apply to letting others use your Wi-Fi. The difference between sharing the plastic shovel and sharing the wireless connection is that with the latter, who’s to say that the “thief” won’t eventually crash in on your private information? And don’t forget that not only will this sharing possibly slow down your connection, but there could be legal repercussions if this moocher uses your connection for bad deeds.

How can you spot a moocher?
Log into your computer’s router’s administrative console: Type its IP address straight into … (0 comments)

wifi: Big ISP free Wi-Fi hazardous to your Data Health - 08/10/14 11:05 PM
Beware of “Free Wi-Fi” or “Totally Free Internet,” as this probably IS too good to be true. These are likely set up by thieves to trick you into getting on a malicious website.

AT&T and Xfinity have provided many free hotspots for travelers to get free Wi-Fi: all over the country. Sounds great, right? However, these services make it a piece of cake for thieves to gain access to your online activities and snatch private information.
AT&T sets mobile devices to automatically connect to “attwifi” hotspots. The iPhone can switch this feature off. However, some Androids lack this option.
Cyber … (3 comments)

wifi: WiFi world wide a Big Security Issue - 06/24/14 11:30 PM
Do you access your various financial or social media accounts, or other private accounts such as e-mails with your doctor, at public computer stations? At the coffee house or hotel, for instance? Boy, are you ever setting yourself up for cybercrime including identity theft.

What usually happens is that the criminals establish Wi-Fi hotspots that trick people into thinking they are legitimate public Wi-Fi locations—people take the bait and log on. The crooks can then watch your communications through their Wi-Fi access points, and steal your personal information like passwords and credit card numbers.
A computerweekly.com report warns that anything … (2 comments)

wifi: Leaky WiFi leaks App data - 06/02/14 10:22 PM
Recently a settlement was obtained between 2 companies with the FTC. The charge was that these organizations failed to secure their mobile apps, which put consumer’s private data at risk.

The FTC says that these companies disabled the SSL certificate validation. This default process confirms that an application’s communications are secure.
Because the SSL was disabled, the apps were made prone to cyber attacks, in which crooks could steal data like SSNs, home addresses and credit card information.
These attacks are the man-in-the-middle type and are a particular threat to unprotected public Wi-Fi (hotels, coffee houses, etc.).
If you use … (4 comments)

 
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