Firesheep Attacks: How To Protect Yourself

Yesterday we spoke about the awareness that social networking users should have when it comes to Firesheep, an add-on for Mozilla Firefox. Today we thought we would cover a number of steps that you can take to protect yourself — some being much easier than others.

The easiest solution is to maintain common sense, try not using an open network, if you have to then try to choose one that has a password. However, Ian Gallagher from Security Innovation has said to Computerworld that the blame is down to the lack of security from these social network sites — something that has been a huge problem for Facebook in the past.

A security adviser for Sophos has sad that one way to protect yourself against Firesheep is to use a VPN (virtual private network). This is something that most businesses use, but not so much the consumer, but maybe it is something that needs to be considered to stay safe?

However, we have to warn you that VPN is not a complete solution; this takes us back to social networks once again. Why should the user spend time, effort and money trying to ensure that their details are not stolen when it is not their job to do so?

For more details and other ways to protect yourself against Firesheep attacks visit Computerworld

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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