Cyber-security Highlights – August 14

Every Monday we bring you a review of the previous week’s hottest cyber-security and on-line privacy news articles.

Here at IronSocket, we work to continually call attention to the threats that we as individuals face in our connected lives. We are 100% committed to helping our customers stay safe and secure while on-line, both through our VPN and proxy services as well as through education.

Here are the top articles we have harvested from this week’s news jungle.

 

There’s Still No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Or, you get what you pay for.  Hotspot Shield, provider of free VPN services appears to have been caught with it’s hand in the cookie jar (so to speak).  The Center for Democracy and Technology has accused them of logging connections and using third-party tracking services to exploit their customers.

IronSocket uses no third-party tracking services in our operations.  Customer account management, customer support, email are all internal.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/privacy-group-accuses-hotspot-shield-of-snooping-on-web-traffic/

 

“Sharenting”

Are you a parent?  Do you share lots of things about your children on Facebook?  Here are the juicy bits from an interview that Consumer Reports conducted with a law professor and mother about how to best protect your children’s privacy.

https://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/how-to-protect-your-childs-privacy-in-the-era-of-online-sharenting/

 

Torrenting Safely

There are risks to P2P sharing in the clear: big legal issues, exposure to malware, possible data compromises, and vulnerability to hacking.  Use a VPN or proxy when torrenting to protect yourself.

https://newswatchtv.com/2017/08/11/biggest-dangers-downloadinguploading-torrent-files-without-vpn-proxy/

 

Hello, Room Service?

Traveling through Europe this season and staying in hotels?  Better use a VPN if you’re going to use hotel wi-fi.  You could very well be a target.  There are more than one group of hackers targeting hotel networks.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-are-now-using-the-exploit-behind-wannacry-to-snoop-on-hotel-wi-fi/

 

Rule #1: Invest in a VPN

Actually, rule #1 should be, “Use your head.”  We’ll go with “Invest in a VPN” though because this article has six very good suggestions.

https://www.windowscentral.com/6-sure-fire-ways-protect-your-privacy-online

 

That’s all for this week. As always, if you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to write to us. We’re here to help you stay safe, secure, and protected while online.

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