If you watch the news lately, you may have heard about the latest discovery related to the WPA2 protocol used in common Wi-Fi signals.
According to Researcher Mathy Vanhoef, the flaw (cleverly referred to as KRACK Hack) allows attackers within range of a vulnerable device or access point to intercept passwords, e-mails, and other data presumed to be encrypted, and in some cases, to inject ransomware or other malicious content into a website a client is visiting.
The good news is that manufacturers are already distributing software updates to address this vulnerability in laptops, smartphones, and internet routers.
However, until you know that a network is secure, take the necessary precautions when using your connected devices.
- Use a wired ethernet connection on your network
- Avoid connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, if possible
- Avoid visiting sites where sensitive information is stored when connected to a public Wi-Fi network
- Look for an indication that the website you are visiting has https encryption
- Use a personal VPN when using a Wi-Fi connection you don’t own, manage or trust
At C3D, our team is comprised of web developers and technology specialists that understand the implications that vulnerabilities like this can have for clients and their consumers. If you ever have a question related to the security of your hosted website, don’t hesitate to contact us.