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Bitter Cold and Wind to Bring Dangerous Below Zero Wind Chills Tonight

Low pressure will rapidly intensify in the Guld of Maine tonight causing the wind to increase from the west-northwest in gusts from 35-40 mph driving a bitterly cold air mass into the region.  Temperatures will plunge to near or below zero with wind chills later tonight through Saturday morning dropping to a range of -15 to -25 at times.  Dress appropriately for the cold wearing layers, a hat and gloves and covering exposed skin surfaces to reduce the chance for frost bite which can set develop in as little at 15-20 minutes on exposed skin surfaces. Pets should be brought in - if you're cold they are too.

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The Bottom Line: Fake Wi-Fi hotspots

Updated: Thursday, July 10 2014, 09:46 PM EDT
NISKAYUNA -- It's one of the "hottest" ways that hackers try to get your personal information:  Using a fake Wi-Fi hotspot they can set up to track your every online move.
 
By using a piece of equipment bought online, they can set up a "copycat" hotspot wherever you might be using free Wi-Fi.
 
For example, at Gregory's Coffee, the store's actual Wi-Fi hotspot is called "Gregory's Coffee" - but security expert Caleb Huff set up a fake Wi-Fi hotspot called "Greg Coffee One."
 
After a user connected to the fake hotspot as a test, Huff was able to see that person's e-mail username and password.
 
"Once I have your password, if you're using the same password on your banking website... I can take your identity," Huff says.
 
What makes it even easier for hackers to get their hands on your information, is you allowing them to access it.
 
A recent survey by Consumer Reports found 62% of Americans do nothing online to protect their privacy.
 
The Bottom Line on one of the best ways to change that?
 
Experts say to buy a virtual private network, or VPN.  It will crypt everything from your device, and cost you $3 to $10 a month.
 
Finally, they say, the easiest way to protect yourself - make sure you're logging on to the correct Wi-Fi hotspot.The Bottom Line: Fake Wi-Fi hotspots


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