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Firesheep Buzz

firesheep in action

There has been a lot of buzz about a Firefox add-on named Firesheep.  I have kind of ignored the topic for some time, but after getting a few emails from Firefox users asking what it is about – I thought it might be time to shed some light on the topic – so that all Firefox users know it is out there.  Firesheep snoops fro cookies, and then allows others to log into websites as you if you are browsing on an open wireless network.

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Using a TACO to Protect Your Privacy

TACO in Action! The Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (get it? TACO) extension sets up permanent opt-out cookies for many different advertising networks. 

Here is a little more about the extension from the developer:

Unlike other earlier opt-out solutions, this tool will make the cookies completely persistent. That is, clearing the browser’s cookies will delete all other installed cookies, except these.  Users wishing to delete these 40+ cookies (some advertising networks require multiple cookies, for different domain names) must first remove the add-on, before then deleting all installed cookies from the preferences window.

For a list of the 33 advertising networks that this tool help you hide from, check out the developer’s official web site.  So if you are more than a little concerned about who is watching you, this is a great security related add-on to add to your Firefox install.  Who said tacos aren’t good for you?  This one will help protect your privacy!

Turn Off Snap Thumbnail Previews

Often mistaken as ads, Snap’s obnoxious link previews are quickly becoming something you either really love or really hate. Well now you have the option to opt in or opt out of having them on the Web sites you visit.

All you need to do is visit this section of their FAQ and click a link. Disabling this on your own browser places a cookie on your system, but if you want a quick fix – this will do nicely. No extensions needed.

Really this should work – no matter what browser you are running. Since it is a nice tip though, I figured all the Firefox Facts fans should know about it.