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If you are running wireless in the home or even in the workplace, you need to read more on this blog post.
The following news is taken from "Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures" (aka CVE) with the reference CVE-2017-13080. This may not be a website you recognise, but the IT industry refers to this for new information and this will list information for you on how to stay safe.
Cisco who provide routers and wireless access points to many businesses have responded with a bulletin and what steps to take. This was released 16th October.
This vulnerability affects all wireless devices from phones, tablets and computers. Microsoft, Google and Apple will release security updates (if you have not noticed them already).
We also have a YouTube video explaining many of these points and how Krack Attack works.
How do I stay safe?
The best advise is to liaise with your IT department or seek the help of a local IT company for more info. For home users, we advise you to keep all your IT devices (even mobile phones) up to date. If you go to your system settings, there will be an option to "check for updates".
The dawn of WPA3
New wireless technology since 2020 has introduced WPA3 (replacing WPA2 and WPA before that).
One significant advancement in wireless security is the introduction of WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 3), the latest and most robust encryption protocol for securing your Wi-Fi connections. In this blog post, we will explore the key reasons why every customer should consider upgrading to WPA3 for their network security.
- Stronger Encryption Standards: WPA3 improves upon its predecessor, WPA2, by implementing more advanced encryption algorithms. WPA2 was susceptible to certain vulnerabilities, like KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attack), which could potentially compromise the security of your network. WPA3 addresses these vulnerabilities and introduces the Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE) protocol, also known as Dragonfly, which offers a higher level of protection against potential attacks.
- Protection against Brute-Force Attacks: WPA3 incorporates stronger defences against brute-force attacks, where hackers attempt to guess your Wi-Fi password through trial and error. It achieves this by employing a feature called "Simultaneous Authentication of Equals" (SAE). SAE not only secures the initial key exchange but also protects against offline dictionary attacks, making it significantly more challenging for malicious actors to gain unauthorized access.
- Individualized Data Encryption: Public Wi-Fi networks are notorious for their lack of security. WPA3 offers improved security even in such settings. With the introduction of the "Easy Connect" feature, users can securely connect to public networks without sharing the actual Wi-Fi password. This is particularly useful in cafes, airports, and other public spaces where security concerns often arise.
- Secure Public Wi-Fi Usage: Public Wi-Fi networks are notorious for their lack of security. WPA3 offers improved security even in such settings. With the introduction of the "Easy Connect" feature, users can securely connect to public networks without sharing the actual Wi-Fi password. This is particularly useful in cafes, airports, and other public spaces where security concerns often arise.
- Future Proofing Your Network: Investing in WPA3 now ensures that your network is prepared for the security challenges of the future. As technology evolves, cyber threats become more sophisticated, and older encryption standards become increasingly vulnerable. By upgrading to WPA3, you are adopting the latest and most robust security protocols available, which can provide peace of mind in the long run.
- Compliance with Industry Standards: As the industry shifts towards stronger security standards, WPA3 is becoming the new norm. New devices and routers are being designed with WPA3 compatibility in mind. By adopting WPA3, you are aligning with industry best practices and ensuring compatibility with upcoming devices.
In conclusion, upgrading to WPA3 is a prudent step to enhance the security of your network. With its stronger encryption standards, protection against various attacks, and individualized data encryption, WPA3 provides a comprehensive solution to safeguard your data and devices. As the digital landscape evolves, staying ahead of potential threats is essential, and WPA3 offers a robust shield against modern cyber threats. By making the switch, you are taking a Proactive IT approach in securing your digital life.
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This post was brought to you by Baldeep on 18 Oct 2017.
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