Friday, February 19, 2016

Continue or stop?

You are using a wireless access point at a local Starbucks. Upon connecting to your email, you see this:

The question: Continue or stop?
“Just this one time won’t hurt anything.”
“I’ve seen this before, sometimes a certificate expires, so it’s ok.”
“I really need to look at that email!”

The answer: Don’t continue, close the webpage. If you see this, an attacker may be “proxying” your connection, capturing your passwords, seeing everything you do, and hijacking your connection.

What to do: DON’T trust a secured connection if there is a problem with the website’s security certificate.

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