back to article Firesheep addon updated to exploit Google info leak

Researchers have released a Firefox extension that demonstrates the risks of using Google search services on Wi-Fi hotspots and other unsecured networks: With just a few clicks, attackers can view large chunks of your intimate browsing history, including websites you've already visited. The proof-of-concept addon is an …

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Anonymous Coward

"while a user is logged into her account"

Just my opinion, but I find this kind of politically correct writing style to be mildly annoying. Yes, I know that ladies do use computers from time to time, but use of the word 'he' is perfectly acceptable to indicate a gender-inspecific pronoun and is commonly accepted as such. I'm sure that the typical man in the street would agree, whether he is actually a man or a woman.

Conversely, trying to pretend that 'she' is neutral, in the face of commonly accepted language, just makes the writer look a bit of a prat in my opinion.

I don't need 1984-style Newspeak to remind me that wimmin form an integral part of society.

Posted anonymously, because my particular gender is not important.

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Anonymous Coward

'She' is also perfectly acceptable usage in my opinion. No need to introduce politics. It's just English as she is used.

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The title is no longer required - frabjous day!

Do you need to be such a pain in the ass about it, though?

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Confused

So on the one hand we have the researchers saying anyone on a public hotspot could be at risk.

On the other google is saying the risk is minimal.

Who is right?

If I was to sit near a busy public hotspot running firesheep would I see any users credentials?

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Go

Only one way to find out!

To Starbucks, with my amazing Snoop-o-tronic Firesheeped Intruder-matic of Doom!

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This is becoming more of an issue...

...In the past, I always forwarded my laptop traffic over SSH to prevent this. However since I got my tablet, that isn't possible (Although its a HP Touchpad so I could VPN it I suppose) but with the profusion of smartphones and tablets, more people are at risk from this.

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Headmaster

@ACs

I prefer “they/their” to the thoughtless “he/his” and patronising “she/her”. Anyone complaining about the use of a singular “they” need look no further than the singular “you”.

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