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Dangers of Using Firefox Browser on Public Wireless

privacy200pxFirefox was my favorite browser for years. The tabbed interface and great plug-in tools captured my imagination. By the way – I am also a MAC guy, but that is immaterial for this issue.

My heart sank yesterday when I learned that Firefox had been hacked. It has been my preferred browser because it is nearly impervious to hackers, unlike Microsoft Explorer which is riddled with hundreds of known security breaches.

Some clever programmers built a program called Firesheep that can be installed as an extension in Firefox to take advantage of a widely know flaw in wireless networks. Suffice it to say, if you are using a public WiFi network, do not log into Facebook or Twitter using Firefox. Use another browser. If you do log on using Firefox, it will allow nefarious people to capture your login information. Here is how it happens.

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