Words from Nerds #84: Firesheep

Same3Guys Words from Nerds

Big news that will make you rethink using a public WiFi hotspot anytime soon.
Nerd News:

Feature Story: Firesheep

  • What is it?
    • A new plugin named Firesheep for the popular Firefox web browser allows fairly novice users to not only view your web traffic, but to actually log on to your Facebook, Twitter, or other account and control them. Spending five minutes in a Starbucks could jeopardize nearly every one of your personal accounts’ security.- Seattle Post Intelligencer
  • Some secure alternatives to protect against FireSheep
  • Providers of wi-fi hotspots can enable WPA and share the password

Nerd History:

  • November 5, 1955 – Dr. Emmett Brown invents Time Travel.