Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Many of us are using the internet without being conscious of some of the online machinations that could easily steal private information or data from us.

One of these is the Firesheep which is actually a tool from the popular web browsing program Firefox.

What is Firesheep?

Firesheep is a Firefox add-on made my Eric Butler which makes things easier for internet users on logging on to popular social networking sites like Facebook. This add-on makes an automatic feature of making the logging in process easier. During this logging in process, our information is provided in a cookie under a secured network.

Unfortunately, with the ease that Firesheep provides, the automation of logging in are actually making such process under an unsecured Wifi network which makes all our private date on such us log in ID and passwords virtually available in the web.

Now, installing Firesheep Firefox add-on may certainly be a bad idea but if you are already with it, time to protect yourself.

All you have to do is to download the Firefox plugin Force TLS and install it. After completing the downloading and installation, all you have to do is open the “preferences” tab of your firefox and add all the websites or domains that you want to have a secure network (it will make the http into an https) and when done, just have to restart your Firefox and you are done.

For Chrome use, KB SSL Enforcer will be of great help and the Froce TLS for Chrome.


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