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WiFi Safety Tips for Travelers

With summer approaching, many of us are gearing up for fun, sunny vacations where we plan to escape from reality a bit and enjoy some well deserved time off. Without dampening the carefree spirit of vacation, we wanted to share some tips on how to keep your personal information safer when using

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The 2015 Most Dangerous Celebrities

Who doesn't love to search for celebrities online? From red carpet photos, to clips of the latest fashion faux pas, Hollywood gossip on the Web has a lot of us hooked. But sometimes, our interest in the stars can lead us into the digital danger zone. Cybercriminals take advantage of our interest in

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Phishing Scams: Don't Click that Link!

You're sitting on your front porch. You see a stranger walking towards your property. You have no idea whom he is. But he's nicely dressed. He asks to come inside your house and look through your bank account records, view your checkbook routing number and account number, and jot down the 16-digit

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The Worst Passwords You Could Choose (And How to Avoid Them)

Data breaches were abundant last year, forcing us all to take a look at our own security measures for the many devices and online accounts we use. One of the best ways to help secure your personal data and identity involves creating strong, secure passwords. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, as

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Life of a Hacker- A Hacker's Toolkit

There are many tools available that hackers can use to access your private communication in WiFi hotspots. This article by Jared Howe, Private WiFi's Senior Manager of Product Marketing Communications discusses some of the most well-known WiFi hacking tools.

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Top 12 Scams of the Holiday Season

It's that time of year again-a season filled with holiday cheer, comforting food, colorful lights, family and friends, uplifting music and online shopping scams. Wait, what?! Yes, you read it correctly; unfortunately, this season may bring with it some unwanted virtual gifts if you aren't extra

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Russian Hackers Collect 1.2 Billion Passwords!

‚ÄčThere has been another breach! According to the New York Times, 1.2 billion usernames and passwords have been stolen by a Russian gang. Security researchers have suggested that it is now the LARGEST known collection of stolen Internet credentials. Not only were usernames and passwords stolen, but

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What is Data Encryption?

Data encryption is the act of changing electronic information into an unreadable state by using algorithms or ciphers. Originally, data encryption was used for passing government and military information electronically. Over time as the public has begun to enter and transmit personal, sensitive

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