Most people already know that connecting and using an unsecured network is a bit risky. With programs like Wireshark, and other packet sniffing programs, connecting to an unsecured network is more than a little risky, it’s extremely risky. And now Firesheep is going to make using a public hotspot a death sentence. Firesheep is an add-on for Firefox that can grab a person’s browser’s cookies. Every time you log on facebook or twitter your computer sends your login data to their severs which respond back to you with a cookie. That cookie is used to authenticate who you are. Firesheep steals that cookie, allowing for the attacker to essentially be you. Unlike Wireshark, Firesheep is incredibly easy to use. Once installed all a person has to do is connect to an unsecured network with other users actively browsing the internet and click “Start Capturing”. From there it’s all over.