Firesheep:Hacking Facebook and Twitter Password on Wifi

Do you access your Facebook / Twitter or any other social network while you are on public network like your college, office or home with unsecured Wifi. Now this is the time you should think about your account security. If you think that Facebook or any other social site is secured then you are wrong this time, they are not secured at all. They can be easily hacked by any one while you are on unsecured public network.Whenever you login into your Facebook or twitter account check the address bar of your browser you will see something like http://www.facebook.com/home.php? Similar is the case with twitter. They use http protocol instead of secured https protocol. But if you login into your Gmail account you will notice that it uses https protocol.

So, the trick I am telling you work only on websites like Facebook, twitter, Flickr but not on secured websites like Gmail. So here is Trick to Hack Facebook and Twitter Password on Wifi and also the method of protection from this hack. This trick does not require any programming knowledge and everyone can use this trick easily.

1.       Download firesheep -Firefox extension. This is a freeware extension for Firefox browser.

2.       Once installed it will open a sidebar window into your Firefox browser.
3.       Now it will show all the people who are connected to unsecured wifi network. Once they login into your Facebook or twitter account you will get a notification and with a single click you can login into their account.

This whole thing work on the technique of cookie hijacking. Once your session cookie is hacked then anybody can login into your account. These cookies can be easily captured on unsecured wifi network.

The best way to protect yourself from such a hacking trick is to avoid using your Facebook or twitter accounts on unsecured wifi networks as it is a security lapse from the websites not on your side.

Note:-This article is to inform you about how your password can be hacked and how to prevent it.This article is purely for educational purposes. If anything happen to you while using this trick then you will be responsible for yourself.

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