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Great article Leo. I could have used this info 6 months ago. There is an open WiFi network at work that we have for customer internet access. An employee was using it to download torrents, and we were looking for a way to sniff traffic to try and identify the culprit. I will definately check out WireShark for use next time.
Good way to assure oneself that things are as they should be - secure. Just imagine a good friend sniffing your "things" and you find that something isn't working as it should-and he tells you your packets are out in the open. Yikes.
Privacy. Yeah, right.
I never send ANYTHING over any unsecured Wi-fi that I wouldn't want published on the front page of our local 'gossip-rag'.
It's not that hard to set up encryption 'tween you and whomever you need to send critical info to and from.
I use snail mail, pretty secure, to send the encryption codes to my contacts.
Paranoid? Mayhap, but I feel safer.
BTW... Google's "Gmail" email/webmail is encrypted HTTPS fulltime, not just during sign-in. I'd like to know of any other email services offering fulltime HTTPS.
I downloaded Firesheep but it is not supported by the latest version of Firefox. Is there an alternative other than running an earlier version of Firefox?
Sorry. This article would have been much better without pointing people to the "tools" to do wrong. You could have kept it to just explaining that there is software to do this and that without specifically pointing people to where to get it. The fact that other places may provide this information does not mean you also have to. That is like saying "Well, other people are looting. It's OK for me to do it also."
The article would have been finer if it had restricted itself to instructing people how to protect themselves not how to "do the same to others".
Excellent article Leo, dont be bothered by the timid morality of others. In order to be secure on the internet we need to understand what makes it so insecure without beating around the bush in case we offend those who we couldnt say 'Booo' too
Another email services offering fulltime HTTPS is fastmail.fm
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