Today a new firefox plugin, “Firesheep” was released. There aren’t really any new developments in this plugin, except that it makes it easy to hijack browser sessions. (We’re talking Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, anything with a login that’s not fully encrypted) Now, before you go all crazy, this is actually a good thing. It’s more than a proof-of-concept. This is how those black hat “leets” have been messing with people in coffee shops for years… and now anyone can. So before the huge wave of people try messing with your foursquare, here’s how you truly protect yourself: An SSH SOCKS proxy!
So, a friend of mine… “Steve” we’ll call him, uses an iPhone 3G as an iPod touch. Never had a problem with it. Basically, the advantage of this is that he has access to a camera. Nonetheless, before iOS4, there was no activation requirement on these units that would prevent you from using the device without a SIM. Such is no more. After upgrading to iOS4, he was locked out of his phone; and without AT&T here in Montana, he was pretty screwed. I gladly took his phone home as a project and jailbroke it back to 3.1.3 for him again.