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Google exposes 'Poodle' flaw in Web encryption standard

Three Google security engineers uncover a major vulnerability in the older -- but still supported -- Web encryption standard SSL 3.0. Experts say fixing it is impossible and upgrading will be difficult.

By October 14, 2014


Free Firefox add-ons detect Firesheep snooping

ZScaler's Blacksheep and the Electronic Frontier Foundation's HTTPS Everywhere extensions for Firefox alert you when someone is using Firesheep to capture your sign-in information.

By November 10, 2010


Cloak yourself on open Wi-Fi hotspots

Worried about using an open Wi-Fi hotspot? You should be. Thankfully, Cloak can help.

By April 11, 2012


How to use VPN to defeat deep packet inspection

ISPs and other network providers can use deep packet inspection to monitor all the data transmitted to and from your computer; encryption via a virtual private network keeps your data transfers private.

By February 21, 2012


Android app offers Wi-Fi hacking of Facebook accounts

Video demo shows how easy it is to use a new Android app to hijack Facebook accounts on Wi-Fi networks.

By June 29, 2011


Senator wants more secure Web sites for Wi-Fi use

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on companies such as Amazon, Yahoo, and Twitter to better secure their Web pages by using the HTTPS protocol for people who access those sites via public Wi-Fi.

By February 28, 2011


Free VPN service helps keep public Wi-Fi safe

The SecureKiss virtual private network service is relatively simple to install and use. The free version lets you transmit up to 300MB per day without having to register.

By February 14, 2011


Facebook lets users turn on crypto

Facebook helps people protect against account compromises by offering the ability to use full-session encryption across the site.

By January 26, 2011


Facebook blames bug for Zuckerberg page hack

Odd message appears as status update on Facebook CEO's fan page suggesting the social network turn to users instead of banks for funding.

By January 26, 2011


Fast-encryption feature arrives in Chrome

False Start cuts one round-trip link out of the communication chain for using secure Web sites.

By December 6, 2010