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Firesheep

When logging into a website you usually start by submitting your username and password. The server then checks to see if an account matching this information exists and if so, replies back to you with a “cookie” which is used by your browser for all subsequent requests.

It’s extremely common for websites to protect your password by encrypting the initial login, but surprisingly uncommon for websites to encrypt everything else. This leaves the cookie (and the user) vulnerable. HTTP session hijacking (sometimes called “sidejacking”) is when an attacker gets a hold of a user’s cookie, allowing them to do anything the user can do on a particular website. On an open wireless network, cookies are basically shouted through the air, making these attacks extremely easy.

This is a widely known problem that has been talked about to death, yet very popular websites continue to fail at protecting their users. The only effective fix for this problem is full en [From Eric Butler – Software Developer in Seattle WA]

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Google releases Skipfish, an automated web application security scanner

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On “Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape” | Berkman Center

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Abstractions in Crypto

Abstraction in Cryptography

Ueli Maurer (ETH Zurich)
Slides in PDF
Video

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Little Snitch

A firewall protects your computer against unwanted guests from the Internet. But who protects your private data from being sent out? Little Snitch does!

nice to have.

[From Little Snitch]

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SQLCipher – Transparent SQLite Encryption

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http://www.ertos.nicta.com.au/research/l4.verified/proof.pml | ERTOS | NICTA

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