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How to Prevent a Coffee Shop Wi-Fi Attack

Aug 05, 2008, 15:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Van Wyk)

"And that’s just one kind of Wi-Fi-based attack. It gets worse. When you connect over Wi-Fi, a lot of relatively sensitive information (e.g., passwords, session IDs, cookies) is routinely passed unencrypted and is thus open to being trivially sniffed by anyone else on the same Wi-Fi site. That person sitting next to you in the coffee shop could well be running a sniffing tool like Wireshark and collecting anything sensitive that your browser or email client emits."

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