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Facebook Privacy: An Easy How-to Guide to Protecting Yourself

Introduction As the sun is setting and I breathe some of the night time air I am inspired to write about Facebook.  Yes, *the* Facebook, the third largest country if it were a physical place with boundaries under a common rule of law and government.  When many people use a service such as this, it

Facebook’s Search and Destroy

An article came out yesterday from Clement Genzmer who is a security engineer at Facebook.  His tagline is "searching and destroying malicious links".  Those of us in the business of digital security and safety can certainly identify with that, especially the part where we aim to identify the criminals and work with law enforcement to

Cookie Theft (SideJacking or Session Hijacking) for Normal People.

Yeah, usually these things are titled “for Dummies”, but you’re not a dummy if you don’t understand, you’re normal. This is related to the program “Firesheep” and I will attempt to make it very easy to understand the problem. The solution is a bit more complex. It all comes down to trust and discretion. Unfortunately

Let’s Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes

Recently a tool called “Firesheep” was released. Firesheep makes it so that virtually anyone can hijack Facebook, and some other accounts when they are being used on unsecured public wireless networks. Firesheep takes advantage of the fact that Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and scores of other companies really couldn’t care less about your privacy or

Why is Unsecured Wi-Fi So Risky?

I’m sure that at some point you have listened to the radio. A signal goes out and all radios in range can tune in to the broadcast. WI-FI is essentially a radio signal that transmits and receives data. The access point and your computer exchange information, but all computers with wireless capabilities can receive the

Firesheep, Idiocy, Ethics and the Law

This isn’t a highly technical post by any means, but in a follow up I will explain some basics for less technical users and provide some information on protection. Recently a Firefox extension called Firesheep was released. Firesheep makes account hijacking easy enough that highly unskilled users can do it. Here’s how it works. A

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