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Dangerous WiFi Flaw Opens all Systems to Hackers
If you haven’t heard about the Krack WiFi flaw, you will. Many WiFi routers are vulnerable to a flaw in their software. This flaw will let someone in close proximity to your WiFi gain access to everything that is transferred through it - for example, logins and passwords to your accounts. It is a very serious flaw that will be difficult to fix.
A few facts you need to know:
First, take a deep breath: Your computer is probably OK. Both Apple and Microsoft have released patches to address the issue. As long as you keep your system updated regularly, you won’t have to worry about your computer falling prey to the rogue networks. The flaw was discovered by a security researcher, and at this time, we do not know of any systems that have been hacked. To learn more . . .
- To take advantage of the flaw in your WiFi, the hacker must be close enough to connect to your WiFi – for example, parked in your driveway or in front of your house, or one of your neighbors who your WiFi reaches.
- Non-encrypted data can be seen – like your login and password – but the actual data transmitted that is encrypted from your bank or brokerage house is useless to the hacker.
- This is not only a problem for your computer, it is also a problem for your cell phone.
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