Recently, I wrote about the vulnerability of public (or “open”) Wifi. Now a reporter for CNN has written an article demonstrating how the wifi-eavesdropping tool called Firesheep actually works.
The article is here.
I hate to be the guy who rains on everyones parade (like we need more rain!), but this is (capital I) Important.
If you are in a Starbucks, or some other place with open wifi (“open” means unencrypted), you need to know that there is a risk in going to websites which require a user name and password to get in. Like Facebook, Twitter, your bank, your email, etc.
Gmail is an exception, because you can go to https://www.gmail.com and set up an encrypted session before you put in your user name and password.