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Why you need a VPN when browsing on public Wi-Fi

We’re all familiar with Wi-Fi, and the convenience it affords. Technically, Wi-Fi refers to a technology that enables computers and other devices to connect to the Internet and communicate wirelessly. Wi-Fi is configured using a wireless adapter to create a “hotspot.” Once a connection is established, users within range of the hotspot can connect to the Internet network.

Wireless networks are located either in the home, which is generally referred to as a “closed network,” or in public places, which can be open or closed depending on the security settings in place. Public Wi-Fi is often unsecured, posing security risks to users. Read full article…


‘All wifi networks’ are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers

The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of wifi connections has been broken, potentially exposing wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks, according to the researcher who discovered the weakness.

Mathy Vanhoef, a security expert at Belgian university KU Leuven, discovered the weakness in the wireless security protocol WPA2, and published details of the flaw on Monday morning. Read full article…


14 Tips for Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security

For its 2017 Wi-Fi Risk Report, Symantec chatted with thousands of adults who used public Wi-Fi hotpots in 15 countries across the globe. You’d think it would show people concerned for their privacy and in fear of identity theft, spying, and worse. Wrong. Read full article…


One of the ‘Biggest Online Security Threats Ever’? Wi-Fi Security May Have Been Cracked

Your internet connection might not be secure.

WPA2, the security protocol used to protect most Wi-Fi connections, has reportedly been cracked. This means that wireless internet traffic could be vulnerable to eavesdroppers and attacks.

At 8 a.m. EDT October 16, researchers plan to share the findings of their proof-of-concept exploit called KRACK, which is short for Key Reinstallation Attacks.

US-CERT, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team, issued the following warning, first published by Ars Technica: Read full article…