Linked by David Adams on Mon 8th Nov 2010 16:49 UTC, submitted by HAL2001
Privacy, Security, Encryption Firesheep is a Firefox extension that makes it easier to steal logins and take over social media and email accounts after users log in from a WiFi hotspot or even their own unprotected network. Zscaler researchers have created, and are now offering to every consumer, a free Firefox plugin called BlackSheep, which serves as a counter-measure. BlackSheep combats Firesheep by monitoring traffic and then alerting users if Firesheep is being used on the network. BlackSheep does this by dropping ‘fake’ session ID information on the wire and then monitors traffic to see if it has been hijacked.
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RE: Required SSL
by umccullough on Mon 8th Nov 2010 23:11 UTC in reply to "Required SSL"
umccullough
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2006-01-26

In today's world, I think any site that handles any personal information (other than name, and timezone) should require at least simple SSL encryption.

Sites using phpbb, Wordpress, etc since they ususally only store name, IP, and timezone info can be exempt.

These site should be forced IMO. (at least parts of the site once you are logged in)
Shopping sites (Amazon.com), WebMail (Hotmail, Google), Banks/Financial, social sites (Facebook).


One of the reasons I've heard cited is that encrypting all communication with SSL incurs higher server load (and client for that matter - those poor cell phones have to encrypt/decrypt every request to the server).

Another thing it also limits is the ability to easily load balance cache-able resources - for example, a trick that many sites use is to farm their image or .js hosting out to other load balanced servers on different domains - which would require a connection to a different server, which creates a complicated security situation. I already see this often while using gmail https - my browser is constantly warning me that there are "some unsecured elements on the page"...

There are some companies that take this stuff seriously... Google for example even gives you a way to search on a public network without anyone else sniffing your search terms (except Google of course... but hey, they already know everything about you):

https://encrypted.google.com/

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