One of the world’s most prolific and followed tweeters, Ashton Kucher (@aplusk ), found out the hard way that it’s very important to take precautions using open WiFi hotspots to communicate. At a recent technology conference Kucher’s Twitter ID was stolen and his account was hijacked by an activist [story]. We at GetNetWise can’t say it enough, take precautions when using WiFi.
You don’t need to suffer Kucher’s fate when using open WiFi networks at your local coffee shop or airport terminal. Just make sure you are using SSL. Make sure the URL address starts with “httpS://” — the “S” stands for secure. Do not logon or transmit any sensitive info such without seeing it. Here;s how to protect your Twitter and Facebook IDs over open WiFi:
In Twitter, just make sure to type in the “S” into the URL address when logging on. Insert “S” after the “http” and before the colon, like this: httpS://www.twitter.com . Just remember.
In Facebook you can do the same thing. Just make sure to type in the “S” into the URL address when logging on. Insert “S” after the “http” and before the colon, like this: httpS://www.facebook.com . The first time you do this you will see a blue button that reads “Enable Secure Browsing” (See below). Click that and your default login will be secure.