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Firesheep Firefox Extension: Social Networking Security Awareness

With over 500 million users on Facebook, most of them will know how lax security is with this social networking service, but they are not the only service that suffers from poor security. There are companies out there that offer advice on how not to get caught by spam and third parties intent on taking your private information.

Eric Butler is someone who believes that showing how easy it is to access someone’s details is the only way to show you just how easy it is. Firesheep is an extension for Firefox, and make it possible for even the less technically minded person to grab people’s cookies by listing in on open Wi-Fi networks.

Firesheep has a list of sites that it can recognize, these include: Dropbox, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter. Once a user accesses one of these on an open network you will then be informed with an icon and then a link allowing you access to that account.

We do not recommend that you do such a thing, but Firesheep shows you just how poor security is on these social network sites. There are a number of ways where they can improve on this, visit Eric Butler’s website for more details.

Are you concerned with the the lax security on social networking sites?

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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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