Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Firesheep, The Dangers of Open Wifi

Firesheep running on MacOS Firefox, capturing Facebook accounts
Extra! Extra!: Open WiFi is not safe, it's open! Free, open wireless networks is something that everybody loves. But like every other "free" thing, it has a catch 22: you will pay with your security, or lack of it. It is old news that unencrypted WiFi is really dangerous. I guess we will have to learn this the hard way as always.

Millions of people rely on open wireless hotspots to get their daily fix of the internet without thinking twice. Since it invention 10 to 13 years ago, WiFi was a treat to security; then, to try to fix this problem, came along the defeated WEP; after that, the recently defeated WPA and a little more recently WPA2 encryption techniques. It is true that WPA2 is the strongest, consumer available, wireless encryption technology, but as it is known, people tend to forget to turn it on when they install their routers. Also, in order to free themselves from a little hassle, most public WiFi hotspot providers don't encrypt their networks at all, like in schools and universities or commercial establishments that serve the public, like restaurants and coffee houses.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Old/New iPod video 5G

Everybody knows that consumer products are designed to be disposable; and of course, the iPod is almost on the top of that list. With it non-user removal battery design and the rest of their draconian measures of "quality and user-friendliness", when your iPod gets damage; it seems that there is no way to repair it by yourself. That's when the folks at iFixit come into play. This guys, famous for their device tear downs, sell all the necessary parts so you can get your hands dirty and start repairing your stuff as any man (and woman of course) should always be able to. From PCs to video games consoles to toasters and most of the Apple products, this people got it covered with great how-to manuals and good prices to boot. Check out some picks of my old iPod Video 5G getting the iFixit display installation after the break.