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  • GM’s data mining is just the beginning of the in-car advertising blitz

    10/17/2018 6:26:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    The Verge ^ | Oct 17, 2018, 2:22pm EDT | Andrew J. Hawkins
    The next data minefield is your car. ... GM captured minuted details such as station selection, volume level, and ZIP codes of vehicle owners, and then used the car’s built-in Wi-Fi signal to upload the data to its servers. The goal was to determine the relationship between what drivers listen to and what they buy and then turn around and sell the data to advertisers and radio operators. And it got really specific: GM tracked a driver listening to country music who stopped at a Tim Horton’s restaurant. GM spokesperson James Cain says that connected vehicle data can help develop...
  • So, got this on JC Penny’s WiFi today...

    10/14/2018 12:24:37 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 39 replies
    My withered brain | 14 October 2018 | Me
    Was at a mall today, bored and waiting for my wife to stop spending my money. So I tried to go onto Free Republic to pass the time. I didn’t know I was on JC Penny’s WiFi (I was not in the store). Can’t quite figure out what word has been banned... Free? Republic? No wonder they’re going out of business.
  • Common WiFi Can Detect Weapons, Bombs and Chemicals in Bags

    08/16/2018 5:00:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Rutgers ^ | 8/14/18 | Todd Bates
    Rutgers-led study demonstrates low-cost technology for security screening at public venues like stadiums, theme parks and schoolsOrdinary WiFi can easily detect weapons, bombs and explosive chemicals in bags at museums, stadiums, theme parks, schools and other public venues, according to a Rutgers University–New Brunswick-led study. The researchers’ suspicious object detection system is easy to set up, reduces security screening costs and avoids invading privacy such as when screeners open and inspect bags, backpacks and luggage. Traditional screening typically requires high staffing levels and costly specialized equipment. “This could have a great impact in protecting the public from dangerous objects,” said...
  • SpaceX's Satellite Broadband Plans Gets Key Endorsement From FCC Chair

    02/15/2018 6:31:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | February 14, 2018 | By Emily Price
    Elon Musk’s plan to use satellites to beam Internet to Earth just got a key endorsement Wednesday from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. Pai issued a statement Wednesday in support of the project and urged his colleagues to follow suit: Following careful review of this application by our International Bureau’s excellent satellite engineering experts, I have asked my colleagues to join me in supporting this application and moving to unleash the power of satellite constellations to provide high-speed Internet to rural Americans. If adopted, it would be the first approval given to an American-based company to provide broadband services...
  • Freerepublic blocked on hardees wifi?

    02/09/2018 10:15:25 AM PST · by jmclemore · 64 replies
    I was attached to a local wichita ks hardee's wifi and recieved the following message - "This website is blocked by your network operator. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact your network operator with the following information: URL:*/index Category: Philosophy and Political Advocacy Server:" Several other conservative friendly sites are accessable and the DU website.. Are any of you able to visit a hardees and report back your experience.
  • Netflix streaming question! (Break from Trump vs. ____)

    10/22/2017 9:44:08 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 40 replies
    Netflix | 10/23/17 | Me, Myself, & I
    I am hoping that some of our techie FReepers could give me some guidance on this annoying issue. I have a Samsung "smart" TV which is a couple of years old, which I use exclusively to watch Netflix movies ( I don't watch TV and have not for at least 35 years. But I enjoy watching family fare movies). It is not the latest and greatest TV with all the cutting edge stuff. I see "1080" appear in a box when it first comes on, if that helps. I have a cable internet modem with its own wi-fi hotspot. I...
  • Microsoft shuts down Krack with sneaky Windows update (WPA2 Wifi vulnerability update)

    10/16/2017 9:38:44 PM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Gregg Keizer
    The company last week quietly patched vulnerabilities in the WPA2 protocol used to secure wireless networks, but did not reveal the fix until today. Microsoft today revealed that it quietly patched Windows last week against vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol used to secure wireless networks. Details of the security update were only published Monday to Microsoft's Security Update Guide, the catalog-like portal that earlier this year replaced the decades-old practice of delivering explanatory bulletins. All supported versions of Windows received the update, according to the catalog listing, including Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server...
  • Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk (WPA2 cracked, but there's a patch)

    10/16/2017 6:24:52 AM PDT · by dayglored · 51 replies
    Engadget ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Steve Dent
    "Krack Attack" allows hackers to steal credit cards, bank info and more. Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information. The flaws, dubbed "Key Reinstallation Attacks," or "Krack Attacks," are in the WiFi standard and not specific products. That means that just about every router, smartphone and PC out there could be impacted, though attacks against Linux and Android 6.0 or greater devices may be "particularly devastating," according to KU Leuven University's Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, who found the...
  • TP-Link Router offers plentiful features and good range

    09/17/2017 9:24:04 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/17/17 | Jim Bray
    If your home is plagued by Wi-Fi dropouts and other router issues, you may want to think about an upgrade, perhaps to one that offers multiple bands to up your choices and, with luck, performance. Hence TP-Link's AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO, also known as the Archer C5400 Gigabit Router. This sucker offers a total of six distinct networks, kind of: 1 x 2.4 GHz, and 2 x 5 GHz, with all three options available for both regular use or as specially noted "Guest" networks, so you won't get in trouble for some overnight interloper's porn downloads. Or whatever your issue...
  • Ok all I need a Internet WiFi Extender...

    07/31/2017 9:23:26 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 39 replies
    31 July 2017 | US Navy Vet
    ...and I need recommendations.
  • Update for W10 Version 1607 for x64-based (KB4025339) Removed wi-fi adapter from my devices.

    07/15/2017 5:43:48 AM PDT · by raybbr · 31 replies ^ | 7/14/17 | raybbr
    I woke up this morning without wifi. I noticed that this update was installed. I couldn't find my adapter in the Devices list. The wifi adapter is: Realtek RTL8723BE 802.11 bgn Wi-Fi Adapter. It replaced it with a bunch of other WAN adapters which won't work. I removed the update and now I have wifi again. However, this update is downloading again and I'm not interested in going through this every time the update runs. How can I block this update until this issue is resolved? I have an HP Pavilion laptop.
  • Scientists have found a way to photograph people in 3D through walls using Wi-Fi

    05/22/2017 10:20:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | 05-22-2017 | Dave Mosher
    Wi-Fi can pass through walls. This fact is easy to take for granted, yet it's the reason we can surf the web using a wireless router located in another room. But not all of that microwave radiation makes it to (or from) our phones, tablets, and laptops. Routers scatter and bounce their signal off objects, illuminating our homes and offices like invisible light bulbs. Now, German scientists have found a way to exploit this property to take holograms, or 3D photographs, of objects inside a room — from outside it. "It can basically scan a room with someone's Wi-Fi transmission,"...
  • Tech Help--WiFi router dying?

    04/21/2017 12:25:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 66 replies
    Vanity | April 21, 2017 | Tech idiot
    I bought and hooked-up a Linksys E-1200 wifi router ($30) 2 1/2 years ago and everything worked fine.I only needed it for my home ASUS laptop but since have added a wireless printer, Wii U gaming system and Sling TV with ROKU stick, all which work off the router.Lately I'll just all of a sudden lose wifi signal. I reboot the router and it'll work fine again but the outages are happening more frequently.Is it time for a new router?I don't want to spend a ton of money. Should I buy a new $30 Linksys router and just expect 2...
  • Donna Brazile Worried About VOTER FRAUD at DNC Chair Election.

    02/25/2017 12:28:21 PM PST · by topfile · 50 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb 25, 2017 | PolitiStick
    "We have to make sure that, we can not just count the ballots but verify every name and signature!"
  • Advice on Cable Modem/WiFi Router for TWC connection

    11/11/2016 9:48:17 AM PST · by newfreep · 52 replies
    Self ^ | November 11, 2016 | newfreep
    I am relocating and will be using TWC cable internet for the first time. I'm seeking recommendations for single unit Modem/Router - esp the best "Bang for the Buck" TWC does recommend Netgear N300 and N600 - both offer 300mbs speed. However, it appears the only difference is N600 is "300+300" Dual-Band. I'm not sure if the higher priced "300+300" is worth it or even required as I'll be the only user. Any suggestions or insight is greatly appreciated! newfreep "DRAIN the SWAMP...with extreme prejudice"
  • Restaurant requires costumers to solve complex math equation to get Wi-Fi

    11/03/2016 7:04:30 PM PDT · by workerbee · 60 replies
    The Daily Meal (via Fox) ^ | 11/3/16 | Pauline Lacsamana
    A San Antonio Thai restaurant, Yaya, will let you use its Wi-Fi for free-- but only if you can solve this insanely complex math equation. Reddit user “Joshua_Glock” posted a picture of the restaurant’s handwritten Wi-Fi equation this past weekend, but no one has been able to connect to the network yet, First We Feast reported.
  • Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target [Internet of Things]

    11/03/2016 6:38:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 3, 2016 | John Markoff
    The so-called Internet of Things, its proponents argue, offers many benefits: energy efficiency, technology so convenient it can anticipate what you want, even reduced congestion on the roads. Now here’s the bad news: Putting a bunch of wirelessly connected devices in one area could prove irresistible to hackers. And it could allow them to spread malicious code through the air, like a flu virus on an airplane.
  • CNN: Clinton Campaign Had No WiFi on Plane, Was ‘Stunned’ by News of FBI Investigation

    10/28/2016 11:38:15 AM PDT · by maggief · 190 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 28, 2016
    CNN reporter Phil Mattingly said the Hillary Clinton campaign was “stunned” Friday by the news that the FBI was re-opening the investigation into the Democratic candidate’s private email server, adding the campaign plane did not have WiFi and thus the team had no idea about the news until it landed in Iowa. “It’s kind of an incredible thing,” Mattingly said. “The plane did not have WiFi during the entire flight, so you had senior advisers, as well as Hillary Clinton, on the plane, and as the plane landed they were finding out about this.” One Clinton adviser actually told Mattingly...
  • Per Wikileaks: Podesta Used Amtrack Public WiFi

    10/15/2016 9:40:42 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 39 replies
    Content at link.
  • [VANITY] Pranking the Neighbors with Free Hillary Wi-Fi

    09/10/2016 11:37:52 AM PDT · by Mister Right Wing Conspiracy · 14 replies
    Decided to have some fun. I created a Wi-Fi SSID as shown below: I configured my Wi-Fi router to use a "captive web portal" whenever anyone first connects to the SSID. The login page looks like this: Once the Wi-Fi user enters their name and email, they are then redirected to a Success page: