Laptop Security: Video Shows Cafe Customers ‘Naked’ in Public Wifi Networks

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Although they don’t mention Firesheep by name, this video report from a North Carolina news station shows exactly how simple it is for anyone to spy on your online surfing habits in a public wifi network:

It mentions “controversial software” and how – whether in a coffee shop, hotel room, airport, or other location with free wifi – nothing is safe in a public wifi hotspot. “Right now I am on the hotel wireless network and these are some of the people who’ve logged into that network,” according to one of the security analysts quoted in the accompanying article, which details how easily anyone could apply software that lets them into email accounts or to quickly grab passwords.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi’s manager of digital content strategy.