How to stay safe at a public Wi-Fi hotspot

Using pub­lic WiFi is becom­ing risky, if you pass impor­tant infor­ma­tion inse­cure­ly over it. There are freely avail­able tools out there that will lis­ten in to all the net­work traf­fic, look­ing for pass­words — and now there are tools, like Firesheep, men­tioned below, that will hijack ses­sions you’ve already secure­ly logged into.

Take­away les­son? Any time you’re using a pub­lic WiFi spot, encrypt all activ­i­ties if you can. And def­i­nite­ly encrypt pass­words going to your mail serv­er. I’ll be enforc­ing that last one on my mail serv­er in the next few days.

How to stay safe at a pub­lic Wi-Fi hotspot

(from Ars Tech­ni­ca)

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