public wifi warning

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robin aka georgiawebgurl

Oct 25, 2010, 11:14:19 AM10/25/10
If you use public or free wifi when traveling or at businesses
something to be aware of. Of course, public is, well, public. ;-)

Anytime you’re using an open Wi-Fi connection, anyone can swiftly
access some of your most private, personal information and
correspondence (i.e. direct messages, Facebook mail/chat)— at the
click of a button. And you will have no idea.
This is how it works. If a site is not secure, it keeps track of
you through a cookie (more formally referenced as a session) which
contains identifying information for that website. The tool
[firesheep] effectively grabs these cookies and lets you masquerade
as the user. </p> <p>Apparently many social network sites are not
secured, beyond the big two, Foursquare, Gowalla are also vulnerable.
Moreover, to give you a sense of Firesheep’s scope, the extension is
built to identify cookies from, Basecamp,, Cisco,
CNET, Dropbox, Enom, Evernote, Facebook, Flickr, Github, Google,
HackerNews, Harvest, Windows Live, NY Times, Pivotal Tracker,
Slicehost, tumblr, Twitter, WordPress, Yahoo, Yelp. And that’s just
the default setting— anyone can write their own plugins, according to
the post.

More at

and to protect yourself (a little at least) in Firefox
(extension Force TLS) will encrypt your data

aka georgiawebgurl
univ. of georgia libraries

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