This post was first published in 2011, and while many of the most widely-used web sites have adopted practices to minimize the risk from the particular attack described here, the basic principles still apply. And since the Firefox plug-in is now widely known, I don't mind mentioning that the plug-in is Firesheep.

This is my first foray into the blogosphere, but it probably won't be my last.  I'll get to my topic in a moment, but first a little about me.  I'm a 14-year veteran of Intel IT, with roots in appdev support, system administration, and for most of the last decade, information security.  My specialty is cyber threat intelligence - software vulnerabilities and patching, malware, social networking risks, etc.  When not at work, I spend my time raising five rambunctious kids - twins age 10, a 9-year-old, and twins age 7.  In amongst that, I teach youth Sunday School, and am the Commander for a Wednesday night Awana club at my church, teaching some 30+ preschool through 6th grade kids.  Follow @DSTX_Awana to see what is going on in our club.