Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:48 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
We are now learning the recession had a devastating impact on Americans who are in the mid-30s to mid-40s, better known as Generation X. A new survey shows GenXers lost nearly 45% of their wealth betweenFull Story >
We are now learning the recession had a devastating impact on Americans who are in the mid-30s to mid-40s, better known as Generation X. A new survey shows GenXers lost nearly 45% of their wealth between 2007 and 2010. Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:47 AM EDT2013-05-18 11:47:14 GMT
Here's your chance to Be Great Cincinnati! The second annual Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati Great Race is Saturday, May 18. If you haven't already registered, there's still time. You canFull Story >
The second annual Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati Great Race is Saturday, May 18.Full Story >
South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.Full Story >
North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said. It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy...Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
We're online everywhere – all the time.
In the car, at a coffee shop, in the airport, we're accessing the internet whether we think about it much anymore or not.
Now a FOX19 News investigation is revealing just how easy it is for someone to hack into your laptop or smartphone when you're connected to WiFi. And they don't even have to know much about computers.
There are videos online showing what software to use to hack into someone's WiFi router – even those protected by passwords.
"A password is a good first step," said Dave Hatter, a Cincinnati computer expert who owns a software development firm called Libertas Technologies. "But hackers that know what they're doing can use dictionary programs that will literally guess every word in the English language in a few seconds."
Hatter uses a Verizon mobile internet connection for his laptop when he's away from the office. It's super fast. But it costs him about $60 per month.
There may be a cheaper alternative, though.
Hatter and other computer experts say you can protect yourself using any internet connection – even public WiFi networks at hotels and fast food restaurants – by going through a virtual private network.
VPNs allow you to use someone else's server in another part of the world and they encrypt your information so that hackers would have to have the capabilities of the U.S. government's spy agencies to break into your computer.
ProXPN's CEO, Kevin Cook, tells FOX19 News that on a recent trip to China he used his company's product to get around that country's strict internet censorship, often referred to as the Great Firewall of China.
"Yes and, uh, we might want to edit that out," he said, laughing. "We do have workarounds. We are one of the few providers that do. And I won't say how we do that. It's a very stealthy process that we have to go through."
ProXPN's service has free and premium levels.
The free version is painfully slow and reminded us of the early days of home computing when you connected to the internet through a dial-up modem that went through your house's phone line.
We brought that up with Cook when we interviewed him. He acknowledges proXPN throttles bandwidth to 300kbps for customers using the service for free.
"Now that is still good enough to do browsing and email and whatnot," he said.
The premium version starts at $9.95 a month and FOX19 News was allowed to test drive it. You're able to choose where you'd like to get on the internet – through servers in Miami, Seattle, Singapore, and London, for instance. The speed decreases if you choose one of those faraway servers. But hooked-up to proXPN in Miami, we found our download speeds to be quite fast.
Meanwhile, there are steps you can also take at home to make sure a neighbor doesn't try to hop onto your WiFi connection.
Hatter offers these tips:
• Change the default password that came with your router. Anyone can buy another router made by the same company, read what the default password is, and get into your system.
• Make sure your new password is at least eight characters long and includes symbols and/or numbers.
• Next, turn-off the "broadcasting" feature on your router that announces to every computer on the block "I'm a WiFi hotspot. You can connect to me!"
• Also, make sure you set your router so that it's using the strongest level of encryption.
• Finally, if you really want strong protection, Hatter says you can even tell the router to only allow WiFi access to those computers in your household.
• If you're unsure how to do any of these steps, contact your internet provider or the manufacturer of the router.
It's a serious issue, too. Hatter says there are cases of people using someone else's WiFi connection to conduct illegal activities.
"There have been instances where people have gone out and downloaded child porn and that sort of thing," said Hatter. "And when the FBI shows-up, they're initially coming to your house because that's where it looks like it went."
As Hatter says, you may eventually get it straightened-out. But FBI agents showing-up at your door would have to count as a very bad day.
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:50 AM EDT2013-05-17 10:50:03 GMT
The huge Powerball jackpot has a lot of people dreaming of how they would spend that money. A Woolmarket man is living his dream, after winning the largest slot machine jackpot in state history.Full Story >
The huge Powerball jackpot has a lot of people dreaming of how they would spend that money. A Woolmarket man is living his dream, after winning the largest slot machine jackpot in state history. Tom McMillan will never forget February 10th, 2009. He sat down to play a slot machine at a Biloxi casino and became an instant multi-millionaire. His life has certainly changed since that lucky moment.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-05-15 18:57:11 GMT
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well. An Arizona bakery was featured on Friday's episode of the Gordon RamseyFull Story >
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:01 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:01:56 GMT
Officers say a Facebook message led to the arrest of a woman in a murder for hire plot. On May 16, Warren County detectives were contacted by an investigator from the Indianapolis Police Department whoFull Story >
Officers say a Facebook message led to the arrest of a Warren County woman in a murder for hire plot.Full Story >
Thursday, May 16 2013 10:23 PM EDT2013-05-17 02:23:52 GMT
As we are continuing to look into the case surrounding the IRS and Cincinnati's connection there two big questions. Did the White House know about this scandal sooner than what they have claimed? CouldFull Story >
As we are continuing to look into the case surrounding the IRS and Cincinnati's connection there two big questions: Did the White House know about this scandal sooner than what they have claimed, and could criminal charges be filed against the local agents accused in the case?Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:50:07 GMT
A soldier from Fort Thomas, Ky. has died in Afghanistan on Thursday. Michael A. Bradford was a graduate of Highlands High School. FOX19.com will update this story as we learn more. Copyright 2013 WXIX.Full Story >
A civilian contractor from Fort Thomas, Ky. was one of 15 people killed in an explosion that occurred Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
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