Hide Your Dirty Laundry With Our Secure Wifi Cheatsheet

Hanging laundry out to dryphoto © 2010 Karen and Brad Emerson | more info (via: Wylio)
We’ve talked about wireless security before, but thanks to a little Firefox extension called Firesheep, the dangers of using public wifi are finally getting the attention they deserve.   The technology in Firesheep isn’t anything new — in fact, black hat hackers have had the ability to do this sort of thing for years.  But thanks to Firesheep’s convenient packaging, which makes it dead-simple for pretty much anyone on the same unsecure wireless network as you to sidejack your Facebook session or worse, awareness for this threat is reaching a crescendo, and prompting big name web sites to finally adopt full SSL encryption.  Check out this list to see which common sites are vulnerable to Firesheep attacks (as of 11/1/10).

If you’re not a network security geek, you might be wondering how to know if you’re vulnerable — and what to do about it.  Here’s the lay of the land. [Read more...]