32% Admit to Borrowing a Neighbor’s Wi-Fi

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The Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit trade organization, offers tips on securely surfing the Internet at public hotspots and elsewhere.

It’s the digital equivalent of mooching a cup of sugar, only without asking. Some 32% of respondents to a recent national survey admitted borrowing a neighbor’s unencrypted Wi-Fi connection. That’s nearly double the 18% who said they borrowed Wi-Fi in a 2008 poll.

 

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Firesheep Snatches Your Cookies to Break Into Your Facebook Account

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Firesheep nabs credentials through website weaknesses.

It’s no great secret that public and open Wi-Fi networks are not particularly secure. But developer Eric Butler’s alarming new proof of concept, called Firesheep, shows just how simple it is to steal log-in credentials, and how many popular websites leave their users exposed. Many sites offer a secure log-in feature, but then rely on an unencrypted cookie to identify your session and keep you signed in. When you’re using an open Wi-Fi network, these cookies are “basically shouted through the air,” as Butler writes on his site. That makes it very easy for someone to monitor traffic over the wireless network, identify cookies and make copies of them for their own nefarious purposes…

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