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It’s time to celebrate—Boingo style! We’ve been awarded our eighth Global Traveler award for “Best WiFi Service” and to celebrate we’re kicking off 8 Days of Giveaways to give our awesome fans the chance to win a VIP travel tech kit. This kit is loaded with all the tech essentials you need on the go—like earbuds, a phone charger, flash drive and of course free Boingo Wi-Fi for a year with access to more than a million hotspots around the globe. Join in on the celebration! To enter our 8 Days of Giveaways, head to Twitter and simply tweet @boingo what YOU are celebrating this year using the hashtag #BoingoCelebr8. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, a big client win, running your first marathon or something else, we want to hear your reason for raising a glass. Boingo’s 8 Days of Giveaways will run December 8-15, 2017. One winner will be announced each day.    

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Facebook Takes Huge Step for User Security


We recently covered some of the biggest security risks a user might face when connecting to unmanaged Wi-Fi networks (most free ones), including various hacking attempts to capture user data. One of the recommendations we made in that article was to make sure you’re using the secure browsing for your online services. We gave Google’s Gmail and Documents as examples. There is a setting that allows you to force SSL connections for all interactions. This is confirmed by seeing https:// at the beginning of every URL interaction with that service. We originally stated that Facebook doesn’t yet offer this — but hold the presses! Facebook announced this week that they are adding secure browsing for all Facebook activities. It is slowly being rolled out to all users, so you may not have it yet. ARTICLE: Facebook’s New, Simple and Essential Safety Feature We highly recommend enabling this option on your account, especially if you spend a lot of time Facebooking over public wireless networks. HOW TO: Click on “Account” in upper right of your Facebook home page and select “Account Settings” from the pulldown menu. About two-thirds of the way down the next page, choose “change” next to the “Account

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Is Free Wi-Fi Dangerous?


Last week, the Sacramento Bee, citing concerns from the FBI, published an article about the security risks of free Wi-Fi networks.  These days, free Wi-Fi hotspots abound.  So what can you do to keep your personal data safe?  We asked our CTO, Niels Jonker, for some words of wisdom to help understand the potential risks, and ways to stay safe when you connect to a free or unmanaged Wi-Fi network. LOCK OUT HACKERS WITH A VPN According to the FBI’s Sacramento office, hackers may set up fake Wi-Fi hotspots in airports with names like “Free Wi-Fi”.  A user connects to this SSID thinking they are connecting to a legitimate airport-sponsored service, when in fact it’s bogus.  The hackers are then able to steal passwords and other personal information. ARTICLE: Include Wi-Fi Among Security Risks At Airports, FBI Warns Niels’ Words of Wisdom: “Open Wi-Fi, by its very nature, is insecure. This means that your best defense is a good offense. Make sure you’re only using SSL-encrypted services – which means logging in to https://gmail.com instead of http://gmail.com — or use a VPN to lock down all of your traffic over the wireless network.  Most online service providers like Google and