Sen. Schumer calls for increased US public WiFi security

Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday called on major U.S. web site operators such as Amazon and Twitter to switch to a more secure protocol to prevent identify theft and other security breaches in places like coffee shops.The New York Democrat told a news conference held at a Manhattan coffee shop that growing WiFi access at such shops, restaurants and other businesses was helping hackers gain user information like credit card numbers and account passwords. see:Senator Schumer Calls on Sites to Step Up Consumer Protection
“As the operator of one of the world’s most popular websites, you provide a valuable service to Internet users across America. With the privilege of serving millions of U.S. citizens, however, comes the responsibility to protect them while they are on your site.”So begins a letter sent from Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) to many popular websites calling for them to follow Facebook’s lead for security and embrace HTTPS. Schumer issued a statement asking popular sites like Amazon, Twitter, Yahoo and others to implement the more secure HTTPS protocol to prevent identity theft and help users surf the Web safely from public hotspots like the corner Starbucks.

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