How Long Will Wi-Fi Protect You from Carrier Monetization Programs?

Do Carriers Track You?

In the last couple of weeks, several reports on carriers’ plans and practices to track and analyze their mobile web traffic caught the attention of consumers and privacy watchers.

According to media reports, US and international carriers are experimenting with inserting unique identifiers into the data traffic flowing between your smart phone and websites you visit.   Read more

What’s Under the Hood in Wi-Fi Analytics

What’s ‘Under the Hood’ in Retail Wi-Fi Analytics | Webinar

Our security researchers recently took a look at Apple’s iOS8 MAC randomization feature. It was touted by Apple for its ability to protect consumer privacy from persistent Wi-Fi tracking, but turned out to be of limited usability as currently implemented. With all the interest in privacy features, we thought we’d give you a look at what’s ‘under the hood’ in retail Wi-Fi analytics in our upcoming webinar (available on-demand).   Read more

Google Pushing HTTPS Further

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Implications for Public Facing Wi-Fi Security, Advertising and Analytics.

You may have already noticed – Google search has been strictly using HTTPS for some time now. Typically, you would not enter passwords in a keyword search and so people probably were not terribly worried about search sites not using HTTPS (Bing still allows HTTP). Nonetheless, Google has led by example by adopting strict HTTPS for search. With this, they have also demonstrated that HTTPS isn’t the bottleneck for transactions scalability of the site.
Additionally, just last month, Google disclosed that they will provide (slight) SEO rank incentives to HTTPS sites. If the trend picks up and most useful sites on the Internet move to HTTPS (news and other type of information distribution sites have the least penetration of HTTPS), it will impact public facing Wi-Fi in some interesting ways.   Read more

What Facebook friends info is shared during social login, and does it spam them?

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Will my friends get spam if I use Facebook social login? What information about my friends will be shared? These questions come to many when faced with the Facebook login option on websites and captive portals. This post seeks to answer these questions from the technical standpoint.

Graph API is the Facebook’s API that enables apps to read and write to the Facebook social graph. The discussion here is with respect to the API version 2.0 (released in April 2014) and later versions. To leverage the Graph API, there first needs to be a Facebook app. The app can be easily created in any Facebook account from the menu options. By default, apps can access the social login user’s public profile, email and friends list in the Facebook social graph. For access to additional information, the app needs to go through review and vetting process with Facebook. For illustrative purposes, let’s take the example of a consumer facing business that creates an app called “Da Brand” with default access rights.   Read more

What is Driving Free Guest Wi-Fi?

Plain-vanilla Wi-Fi or social Wi-Fi? Savvy businesses pick social.

In the comments to my earlier blog post (Social Wi-Fi and Privacy: Keeping Balance in the Force), Dale Rapp correctly notes that brick and mortar stores can use social Wi-Fi and analytics as a way to compete with online commerce, where every click of the mouse is tracked and scrutinized. It’s been my experience that many… Read More

Social Wi-Fi and Privacy: Keeping Balance in the Force

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I read with interest Lee Badman’s article in Network Computing: Social WiFi Sign-In: Benefits With A Dark Side. Despite the gloomy title, the article is a fair and balanced look at both benefits and privacy implications of social Wi-Fi. Perfect timing, I said to myself. Facebook just announced that they will be adding new functionality… Read More

Facebook ‘Anonymous Login': What Is the Impact on Social Wi-Fi?

Note "Not so social?" option below the social login buttons.

Reporting from Facebook’s developer conference, CNET writes: “The biggest news for Facebook’s 1.28 billion members is “Anonymous Login,” a twist on the standard Facebook Login option that gives people a way to try an app without sharing any of their personal information from the social network. The move addresses concerns about user privacy as Facebook seeks ways to encourage… Read More

Free Wi-Fi is a Win-Win for Retail Marketers and Customers

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Retailers have long battled the dual pressures of online shopping and congested marketing channels just to get people to walk through their door. Now showrooming has moved the war inside the store, as a fragile economy combined with the ubiquity of mobile devices has created a savvy new breed of consumers who use their smartphones… Read More

To shop or not to shop, in-store Wi-Fi is the answer to that question

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Did you know that 80% of mobile consumers are influenced by in-store Wi-Fi as a factor in deciding where they shop? In early 2013, IDC issued the updated version of its IDC Retail Insights report outlining the top 10 predictions for the world-wide retail industry.  One of the report’s authors is retail research director Leslie… Read More