Beware the Firesheep

We all know that connecting to unencrypted wireless networks can be dangerous, but many computer users do it anyway – for convenience or to save the cost or hassle of connecting to a commercial wi-fi hotspot, or because in some cases it’s the only wireless network available and they’re desperate to get online. A new malicious extension for the Firefox browser, called Firesheep, is a type of packet sniffer that analyzes unencrypted web traffic on wi-fi connections can capture your logon information when you connect to one of the popular sites in its database (such as Amazon). That may allow the attacker who’s running Firesheep to access your account. You can read more about it here:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/hottopics/detail?entry_id=75679

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