Facebook Offers Firesheep Counter Measure

Friday, March 11, 2011



Facebook has finally offered a resolution for a major privacy vulnerability that allows accounts to be hijacked by an application called Firesheep.

Firesheep is a FireFox extension that can harvest login credentials when users access their accounts over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.

Though Firesheep can be used for malicious purposes, it was developed to encourage companies to provide more secure interfaces.

Facebook has responded, and is now provides the option to access accounts over a secure, encrypted HTTPS connection. If you have not enabled the option yet, you should take afew minutes to do so now.

To enable the the HTTPS feature, open the "Account Settings"on your account and go to "Account Security". Check under the "Secure Browsing" option for the HTTPS option.

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For more information on Facebook privacy and security myths and realities, check out Tom Eston's article HERE.

For advice on securing your mobile devices like smartphones, laptops and netbooks, check the article HERE.

You can also reference the "A Facebook Security Lockdown Guide" to ensure you have taken all the available precautions to secure you account and protect yourself from exploitation.

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