Do you use FaceBook, Gmail, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon web services? In some cases your online accounts with these web services can be lost without you even knowing it if you don’t pay attention. Public WiFi networks are more vulnerable. If you use these web services normally in public WiFi networks, then any hacker in the same network can get access in your FaceBook, Twitter, Gmail, Youtube or Amazon account. Gmail contains all your confidential emails. Facebook contains all your contacts and personal data and so on. Valuable information can be stolen by intercepting data passing through WiFi network.
A simple free android app FaceNiff can do that where anyone using android based mobile can see your login info of FaceBook or Twitter etc. Similar software are Wireshark and Firesheep. So better be careful while using internet in public WiFi enabled places. Here is how to protect yourself.
Best thing is to not use internet in WiFi enabled public places or use HotSpot Shield or similar VPN service to encrypt the web traffic. Encrypt the Web with the HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Extension. Use HTTPS Finder firefox plugin. HTTPS Finder automatically detects and forwards to web sites that offer HTTPS, as well as automating the rule creation process for HTTPS-Everywhere (instead of having to manually type “https://” in the address bar to test, and writing your own xml rule for it).
Secure FaceBook Login
Do the following:
- Go to Facebook and login
- Click at ‘account’
- Go to ‘account security’
- Under secure browsing (https) option check “browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible”
For extra precaution check to receive ‘login notifications’ when an unrecognized computer or device tries to access your account
Secure Gmail Login
Gmail is set to use the ‘Always use https’ setting by default. If you sign in to Gmail via a non-secure Internet connection, like a public wireless or non-encrypted network, your Google account may be more vulnerable to hijacking. Non-secure networks make it easier for someone to impersonate you and gain full access to your Google account, including any sensitive data it may contain like bank statements or online log-in credentials. HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, is a secure protocol that provides authenticated and encrypted communication.
To disable or re-enable this feature in Gmail:
- Go to Gmail > Settings > General
- Go to the ‘browser connection’ option
- Check ‘always use https’ option
Selecting ‘Always use https’ will prevent you from accessing Gmail via HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol). If you trust the security of your network, you can turn this feature off at any time.