WPA hacking vulnerability -- Why not to freak out.

By | October 18, 2017

Before you declare the "The Sky is Falling,"  read the intro to the article: Regarding Krack Attacks. The article explains the complexity of executing the hack.  WiFi signals travel relatively short distances.  This would require the hacker to be close to you.  This could be a problem if you are in an apartment complex and the hacker lives a floor or apartment away and can spend time executing the hack.  However, in virtually every other situation, you are likely to notice someone physically close to your home, sitting in his/her car with equipment trying to hack into your internet.

Let me remind you:  Perfect 100% security is a myth.  We exist in a world of vulnerability, and will continue to be so.  We need to increase our awareness of what counter-measures we can take to provide an adequate defense for specific threats to our devices. In this case, there are a few, very simple things you can do:

  1. Update firmware or programs of anything you can that is in you home/corporate network that uses WiFi.
  2. When you are out in public, turn the WiFi off on your smart phone (it extends your battery life anyway).
  3. Be aware of your surroundings.  If someone is on your block sitting in a car with a laptop....  That could be suspicious... unless it's me. 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Jay C. Theriot