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What Kind of Wireless is Secure…and What Isn’t?

WiFi was born to be convenient—but not secure. More than anything, though, it depends more on what kind of wireless we’re talking about. Public. Free, unsecured WiFi is the least secure. Shared WiFi in public, at home or in the office lacks encryption of the data packets streaming from the connected devices. In other words, your […]

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Federal Trade Commission: Identity theft complaints up by over 33%

Identity theft complaints grew by one-third during 2012 and again it was the number one issue in the United States. This rate of increase is almost three times the growth rate from 2010-2011 (12%). Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Top 10 Consumer Complaints Report for 2012, released today. The FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book – an […]

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5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public WiFi

Wireless connections can cost hundreds of dollars annually, so it makes fiscal sense that many people seek out free connections when they are out and about. But free doesn’t necessarily mean secure. By now you’ve heard all the warnings that publicly connected WiFi, such as that found in coffee shops, airports and hotels, are vulnerable […]

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What’s a Wireless “Sniffer” and Why Should I Care?

A sniffer is a software program used by IT administrators to monitor network usage, investigate network problems, investigate network misuse and abuse, identify configuration issues and determine the state of a network’s security. Sniffers ultimately decode the data so it is readable in words, numbers and computer code. Note that last part: “determine the state […]

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