Thought of the Day: Krack attacks – How secure is WiFi?

by GDPR Associates | 29th January 2018 10:08 am

It turns out that any device that uses WiFi could be susceptible to being accessed by attackers, who could eavesdrop on all traffic being sent over the network. This could include sensitive information like credit card numbers, passwords or emails.

The (relatively) good news is that the attacker would need to be within your WiFi range, so you’re less likely to be at risk all of the time. Krack is short for ‘Key Reinstallation Attack’ and targets part of the authentication process when devices connect to a protected WiFi network. To protect yourself from these types of attacks, make sure your phone, tablet and laptop devices are kept up to date. Those new updates are important for security. If you need to use a public WiFi hotspot, even if it’s password protected, make sure you only view secure websites with HTTPS encryption (unsecure websites starts with HTTP).

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