Firesheep Alert…Change FB settings immediately!

ATTENTION!!! A browser extension called Firesheep has made it especially easy for anyone sharing your open wireless network—at cafe or conference, for example—to pick up your credentials and freely access your account. One blogger sitting in a random New York Starbucks was able to steal 20-40 Facebook identities in half an hour. Unless you make the following changes to your Security Settings your system is not locked down and can be easily hacked into.

Once you know it’s actually quite easy to fix….while on Facebook, look at your URL address (the very top box on your screen.) If you see “http:” instead of “https:” then you DO NOT have a secure session and can be hacked. Go to Account – Account Settings – Account Security – click Change. Check box (secure browsing), click Save. Facebook’s default setting is for non-secure. You may find that Facebook is slightly slower after making this change. Send this on to your friends!

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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