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Faked Digital Certificates Add Risks to Private Browsing on WiFi

Imagine this scenario: You are seated in the corner of a coffee shop privately browsing on their public WiFi network, espresso in one hand and iPad in the other, safely away from any snoopers. A man wearing a black apron stops by, tells you how much you owe, and you pay him. But, you just […]

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How to Browse the Web Privately

You’ve probably never even thought that “browsing the web privately” was something that you needed to take extra steps to do. Most people think all web surfing is relatively private and nobody is really paying any attention. Unfortunately, there are many people, particularly in the form of marketers and advertisers, who watch almost every website […]

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What Exactly is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network set up to communicate privately over a public network. For example: You occasionally want to or need to work from home and your employer knows that if you do, the data that travels between your PC and an office PC needs to be protected. So your employer […]

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Confessions of a broadband borrower: Misusing an unsecured WiFi network has its risks

Yes, I confess, I’ve been a broadband “borrower” for much of my life, jumping on open, unsecured WiFi networks while waiting in airports or hotels or sometimes even outside a stranger’s apartment building. And, I never thought about the security risks from this activity. I’ve called it borrowing because of the connection to “The Borrowers”, […]

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Fighting the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)

All my life I’ve been hearing about Big Brother. For those unfamiliar with the term, coined by George Orwell in his 1949 masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Big Brother is the embodiment of a society under complete surveillance by its government. But it’s not fiction; in fact, our everyday activities are being monitored, today, right now, either […]

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