New FireFox Plug-In, FireSheep, Puts Public Wi-Fi Users at Risk

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Real Estate Agent with Lanier Partners

There is a new plug-in for Firefox, called Firesheep, that allows those that have implemented it to "sidejack" some of your accounts, such as Facebook, Gmail, etc. when you are logged into a public wi-fi network. The author of this plug-in states that his intentions are not malicious but that he just released the app to show people how vulnerable they are.

Of course, it now enables everyone who installs this plug-in to now not only know what apps like Facebook others are running but allows them to log into those accounts and use them just as if they were the owner.

So what can we do about it. Well, the obvious answer is to not log into certain accounts when using public wireless networks such as libraries, MacDonald's, Starbucks, etc. These accounts include Facebook, Gmail and other similar accounts. Also, when using your wireless phone, don't connect to the public wireless network, use the 3G or 4G connection.

For a more in depth look at this and for tips on how to protect yourself, you can go to this article from CNN Tech.

Its getting really scary out there!

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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Good to know Mike. Are you also saying they can only hack into what you are logged into? If I don't use any of the examples above I've got nothing to worry about?

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November 01, 2010 08:44 PM
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Missy Caulk
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I read this, I think on Mashable, there is someone who has created an app to block it, But I prefer NOT to use wifi's in public places for this reason.

November 01, 2010 08:49 PM
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Mike Saunders
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Bob - if you aren't logged in, they can't track you with this.

Missy - this now just adds to the apps that I won't use on public wi-fir

November 01, 2010 11:34 PM
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Lane Bailey
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I seldom use public wi-fi... although I have... I prefer to use my Clear modem. 

November 01, 2010 11:45 PM
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Elizabeth Baklaich
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WOW, thanks for posting this Mike. I do not use them with any regularity but this is really good to know, thank you!

November 02, 2010 08:21 PM
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