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Protecting Users from Firesheep and Other Sidejacking Attacks with SSL

Symantec

The recent release of the Firesheep Wi-Fi attack tool has increased awareness among both users and attackers of the inherent insecurity of unprotected HTTP connections. Users on unprotected networks who connect to websites through plain HTTP connections expose their connections to those sites to open surveillance and full compromise.

As experts proclaimed in reaction to Firesheep, the best solution to the problem is to use TLS/SSL for all connections to websites, including the home page. Perhaps owing to the increased need for processing power it would entail, many large sites have been sparing in their use of TLS/SSL, but such frugality is increasingly indefensible in the face of the level of threats and true costs.

Tags : ssl, firesheep, sidejacking, http connections, tls, ssl, symantec
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Published:  Oct 02, 2012
Length:  8
Type:  White Paper