all your internets are belong to us [firesheep users]
November 16, 2010 3:31 PM Subscribe
How can I take advantage of free internet at a hotel and/or cafe during the post-firesheep apocalypse?
posted by ChefJoAnna to computers & internet (11 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to be staying at a hotel next week that offers free wifi to guests. It's totally open, no password required, free-for-the-taking whether you're in a guestroom or in the parking lot. Surprisingly, they don't have a non-wireless way to get online (no way to plug in a wired ethernet cable).
I am aware of firesheep, (and its vigilante cousins blacksheep, and fireshepherd) as well as the inherent dangers of using any unsecured internet access. I called the company that provides the internet access (ibahn.com) and discovered their tech support guy has never heard of firesheep.
It's only for one week, so i'm not willing to subscribe to a private wifi access point (such as MiFi through Verizon). I know that there's such a thing as setting up a VPN through a home computer, but at home i have satellite internet access, and that has bandwidth limitations.
I've tested open WiFi security by installing firesheep on my computer and visiting a cafe with open wireless. SCARY. I was able to get other users' information and log in to their accounts, and I tried to see what I could access, with varying degrees of success. I also pitted my two laptops against each other: I used firefox extensions "forceTLS" and "HTTPS everywhere" on Laptop#1*, and used blacksheep on it too. I could still see everything on Laptop#2 using firesheep, (including blacksheep-generated false logins) and I was able to log in to the accounts I used on Laptop#1.
*yes, i know that not all communication goes through on the httpS:// protocol for facebook/twitter/gmail/etc.
Should I bother with trying to set up a VPN at home, using another computer (a g3 ibook) seeing as how it's using the satellite?
Does the askmefi hive mind have any other suggestions?