End users need to be aware of the potential risks of unsecured Web browsing and how they can safeguard themselves from potential hacks.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 8, 2010
The recent release of the new Firefox extension Firesheep is heralding a new call for online vigilance from security experts and the media. Anonymizer Universal, http://www.anonymizer.com, the leading solution for secure Internet privacy, tackles the vulnerabilities exposed by Firesheep and addresses these concerns head on.
“While its initial intent may have been altruistic, the unfortunate truth is that there are too many unsavory people who will exploit Firesheep’s capabilities to take advantage of others,” said Bill Unrue, president of Anonymizer. “End users need to be aware of the potential risks of unsecured Web browsing and how they can safeguard themselves from potential hacks.”
How Anonymizer Universal Protects Users Against Firesheep
Firesheep makes it easy for virtually anyone on a public Wi-Fi network to access the sensitive information of others through a process called “HTTP session hijacking” or “sidejacking.” Any unencrypted site that a user logs into while on an open Wi-Fi network leaves them vulnerable to this attack. Websites with URLS beginning with “https://” are generally secure and protected. However, Firesheep specifically targets popular, unsecured HTTP sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Yelp. The tremendous number of users on these sites leaves millions of user accounts vulnerable to being compromised.
With Anonymizer Universal, all of a user’s Internet traffic is routed through an encrypted tunnel from their computer or iPhone to Anonymizer’s secure servers before automatically connecting with their desired website. As a result, any online activity, such as logging into social networking sites, is encrypted, shielded and unreadable by Firesheep.
In addition to offering protection on Wi-Fi networks, Anonymizer Universal allows users to surf the Web anonymously by hiding a user’s IP address and thus their identity and online activities from the prying eyes of cybercriminals, search engines and advertisers.
A free 14-day trial of Anonymizer Universal is available now at http://www.anonymizer.com/trial/trial_14.html. The yearly subscription fee for Anonymizer Universal is $79.00.
As the global leader in online privacy, anonymity and identity protection solutions, Anonymizer continues to push the envelope with products that allow consumers and organizations to remain safe, secure, and anonymous each time they go online. The company’s proprietary technologies address the needs of home users, businesses and other customers. With a pristine 15-year history of protecting customer online identities, Anonymizer’s products have set the standard in Internet privacy, and protected billions of Web searches and personal communications. To learn more, visit us at http://www.anonymizer.com, follow us on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/AnonymizerInc, or “like” us on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/anonymizer.
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