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Firefox Web Encryption Extension Updated with Better Firesheep Protect
Firefox Web Encryption Extension Updated with Better Firesheep Protection
A Firefox security extension, which forces HTTPS connections on many popular websites, has been updated to better protect users from session hijacking attacks.
Dubbed "HTTPS Everywhere" the add-on is the creation of civil rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tor project, a developer of anonymizing software.
The extension is still in beta and has just been updated to version 0.9.0, which according to the official changelog, is "designed to offer improved protection against Firesheep."
Firesheep is a different Firefox extension which has seen wide coverage in the media during the past month because it makes session hijacking insanely easy to pull off.
The add-on basically executes man-in-the-middle attacks on open wireless networks in order to steal session cookies from users and then uses them to access their accounts.
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