A tip, for everyone who’s broadcasting their unencrypted passwords over the free wireless network at SXSW: don’t, since I’ve seen at least half a dozen people capturing packets off the network just to see what they can see. If you’re using one of the big commercial web-based email services, use their secure login, not the standard one; if you are uploading files to your webserver, use secure FTP or secure copy, not FTP. Likewise, realize that Outlook, Entourage, Eudora, and most every other mail client sends your password across the network as clear as day unless you set them up to use an encrypted service (and then have that service running on your mail host). Posting to your weblog is no exception, either (unless you want the person who grabs your login and password to also be able to work on your site); set up a secure tunnel back to your weblog host, and then use that to do your posting.


My posting has been sporadic because I’m wary of constantly sending my passwords all over the (very open) wireless network

• Pinged by sxsw kids on Mar 10, 2003, 2:05 PM

Some of the things I learned at SXSW: Cam’s laptop, fittingly, has warped from the physical effects of its raw

• Pinged by WOIFM :: An Institute of Higher Learning on Mar 12, 2003, 10:40 PM