How to protect your account from Firesheep

While almost everyone accessing this site is glued on the page where the Firesheep install guide is found, which, by the way, has become the most popular for today, I took my time looking for a counter procedure. You know it's just like news, the reporter needs to tell the other side of the story.

For the unfamiliar, Firesheep is a Firefox extension that allows a user toeasily access your Facebook or Twitter account, without your permission, within an insecured WiFi network. In short, it can hack your account without a sweat.

With the help of our good friend Google, I found the best solution so far.

Alexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch today posted an article entitled “How To Protect Your Login Information From Firesheep” that contains the steps to do just that. She recommends Force TLS, also a Firefox extension that allows your browser “to change HTTP to HTTPS on sites that you indicate in the Firefox Add On “Preferences” menu, protecting your login information and ensuring a secure connection when you access social sites.”

Force TLS

So here are the steps:
  • Download the plugin and install into Firefox.
  • Open “Preferences” and add the domains you want to force the HTTPS connection with.
  • Restart Firefox.
After installation, you will be protected from account hacking via Firesheep.

More details about Force TLS with installation screenshots can be found on Alexia's post.