Technology news and views
- Protect your logins from Firesheep – The Firesheep plugin for Firefox could let anyone on an open wireless network to hijack any of your social media logins if you're on the same network. It's scary stuff if you spend a lot of time on the road and rely on Wi-Fi in airports, cafes, and hotels. The plugin is all about raising awareness of the security issues, but it is a working program. Now, like the alternative option HTTP Everywhere, the Force-TLS Firefox extension allows your browser to change HTTP to HTTPS on sites that you indicate in the Firefox Add On “Preferences” menu, protecting your login information and ensuring a secure connection when you access social sites.
- How to use your iPhone or iPod Touch as a remote control for VLC – If you’re a fan of the free VLC media player and have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can download one of at least two apps to let you remote control VLC via your wireless network. Very clever and means there's no excuse to not being a total couch potato.
- Find Great Pages Using Google Bookmarks – The nice thing about public bookmark lists is that they're searchable and you can find them below your Google Bookmarks search results.
- Share any page from Safari on your iPhone with AddThis – How to use AddThis on your iPhone to share any page.
- Web browsers should be set to privacy by default but in the meantime… – A couple of quick hacks for Firefox or Chrome users who'd prefer not to send their browser headers to sites they visit. If you don't know what that means, then that's another reason why browsers should be set to private by default
- Facebook Disconnect – Facebook is notified whenever you visit one of the more than one million sites on the web that use Facebook Connect and has a history of leaking personally identifiable information to third parties. This Google Chrome extension allows you to switch off Facebook connectivity while surfing other sites without interfering with your Facebook usage.