So everyone is looking for Firesheep. Why? So they can download Firefox and add the add-on to Firefox. The purpose? It allows people to steal data that you send over an http connection by intercepting this data.
With AirSnarf and downloads for droids and other software you should be aware that people may be broadcasting a fake SSID (access point) that you may connect to inadvertently. By doing so you connect to their device and pass through their device and travel to the internet unknowingly streaming your data through their device. So be aware…
How do you protect yourself?
Use https in front of urls that allow it.
Use a VPN when in a wireless hotspot (Several programs are available when using hotspots or another network – OpenVPN, AlonWeb, CyberGhost, SecurityKiss or HotSpot Sheild)
Don’t allow anyone on your network that you don’t know.
KNOW your access point you are connecting to – don’t login to email or sites that aren’t https on untrusted networks
Keep your data encrypted.
Use complex passwords.
Turn off file sharing.
Some browsers offer plugins that allow https everywhere
A collection of over 200 software titles that are freeware. Browsers, utilities, add-ons, networking and tons of other apps. This freeware software is an excellent (200 mb of software) you can download for free! Excellent collection. A hefty 200mb version is available and a lite version can be downloaded and ran from your portable drive.
We just posted a way to test your browser but you can’t beat Bill Mullins. One of the best computer bloggers on the web along with Rick over at WhatsOnMyPC (excellent resource for freeware and reviews), Bill gives a thorough review of browser security. Excellent job.
This little piece of software (Toolbar Uninstaller) gets rid of thousands of toolbars that may be installed on a computer. When connecting to the internet, your computer not only connects to the url that you requested, it connects to ad servers from the ads on the website. So when connecting to the internet, your computer may make several request to different websites based on the requested website’s ads.
Want to see for yourself? Go to a command prompt (go to search and type cmd and hit enter). Now type netstat -a . You’ll see something similar to these. The first netstat shows my connection to my wife’s computer (we use Connectify), to WordPress and two other websites.
The second connection shows a connection to a popular news website (many ads). Remember this is without any toolbars!
Now imagine if you have a tool bar or many toolbars that are installed and reporting back to their source. The more connections you have to the internet and software installed, the slower your computer will become. - ToolBar Uninstaller removes over 10,000 toolbars.
Pwn2Own is a contest to hack different operating systems and browsers. Using exploits that are known and unknown. Here’s some info Dawn sent over (By the way, Google’s Chrome is still standing). Always download any critical updates to protect your computer.
Bill Mullins as usual has an excellent review of Comodo’s Dragon a browser based on Google’s Chrome and the Chromium Project. Bryon found this by reading Bill’s blog and pointed it out. It is no secret that we have our students visit Bill and Rick to help jump start their IT careers. I’m just not use to the idea that a student read Bill’s blog before I did.
First off a malicious website can find out information about you by grabbing your IP address. Websites that have ads that are malicious could put code into the ad to see not only where you are going on the web but infect your computer with a virus or maleware.
This website is safe and shows you how it is done… go over and click start.