Many people believe that once we are behind a computer, we become anonymous. Of course, we should protect ourselves by not posting any sensitive information on public online spaces, but there are many other ways that you and your family could be easily found without sharing any distinct personal details. Another aspect of cyber security that Digital Locksmiths works with is online safety, particularly for children.
According to the Mother Jones article, Shutterfly representatives have been aware of this problem for at least six months, but has not taken any steps to remediate the issue, or warned its users of the insecure details on their children. Suddenly, this sensitive information could become accessible to anyone with basic tech skills, and knowledge about cookie-catching software.
There are two popular programs called Firesheep and CookieCadger that have been circulating the Internet since 2011 that make hacking unknowing user’s personal accounts quickly and easily. Provided that you are in the same wifi zone (i.e. in a coffee shop, or other hotspots that aren’t password protected) programs like Firesheep and CookieCadger allows hackers to gain access to even your password-protected websites with the click of a couple buttons. This because once you have entered your password into whatever site you are using, the SSL stops working on sites like Shutterfly that are not entirely SSL-protected. Hackers using Firesheep or CookieCadger can see that you’ve logged into these pages, and now have access to them as well. They would now be able to view all of the user’s sensitive information contained on that site. In the case of Shutterfly, they would now know everything about where you child lives, how old they are, what school they go to, and where they will be and when.
I’m a government cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the Vice-President of Cyber at SIRCO, an investigations and protections firm in Montréal, Canada.
I’m also a frequent contributor to National & Global media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.