On Saturday Karachi witnessed the first ever Pakistan International Social Media Summit where 300 or more social media experts aggregated at Avari for a day long conference on upcoming social media in Pakistan organized by PC World Pakistan. In my opinion it was a great experience, and there are many raves about it across many media portals online and offline.
What did come as a shock was the knowledge that these online experts when using their online tools did not have the adequate security to prevent anyone from hacking their accounts. WiFi Sniffing is a very simple trick that anyone can use to search and read insecure browser utilization on an open WiFi network literally reading every page the person uses on their own browser consequetnily it also means that if such a tool were to fall into the wrong hands passwords can be easily stolen and misused.
In comes the geek from Rawalpindi Abdullah Saad [@Kursed], an online acquaintance whom I have known and respected for over five years, joins us in Karachi having specially flown in from Rawalpindi. After one of the sessions he showed me screen captures of a accounts of a few dozen people who were using insecure browsers during the summit while surfing online. It listed their Facebook and twitter handles enough to convince me that he has truly captured their browsing sessions enough potent power to make a mess, if he had any evil intentions. He shared this information because he wanted to alarm us as to on how lax we all are with our own online security, if a small sample of online social media experts could not be bothered with their personal online security what may become of the general public who may at times be open to such security lapses unknowing to them
I assure you Abdullah Saad has no mal-intention of hacking anyone’s account but he needed to set an example mostly to alert us to ensure the importance of online security. Im glad that Saad has chosen also not reveal his methods used to capture these browser sessions, and I can also vouch for him to have not made any damage to any of the hacked account, I think its important to highlight this issue to everyone to double check our online security protocols.
Facebook, Twitter and even Gmail offer free encrypted connections while browsing please take a moment and ensure that your security is up to the mark and take a moment to enable your security
On Facebook > Click Account Settings > Click on Account Security > ‘Check’ Browse Facebook on a Secure Connection (https)
On Gmail > Go to Mail Settings > in the General Settings Tab go to Browser Connection and check “Always use https”
Thank you Saad for taking up this issue for us all