Security Alert: KRACK Attack Puts Wi-Fi Connections at Risk
If you use a Wi-Fi router for any reason, and most of you do, this news update is very important.
A serious new vulnerability called KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks) was announced recently, likely impacting anyone who uses Wi-Fi. All Wi-Fi connection points and devices could be vulnerable—your local coffee shop, home, or workplace connection.
KRACK can allow attackers access to important information like credit card numbers, passwords, and emails transmitted over Wi-Fi networks. This vulnerability can also allow attackers to potentially infect your devices with malware or ransomware.
How to help protect your devices against KRACK
Wi-Fi users should immediately update their Wi-Fi-enabled devices as soon as a software update is made available. Wi-Fi enabled devices are anything that connects to the Internet — from laptops, tablets, and smartphones to other smart devices such as wearables and home appliances.
This means updating to the latest drivers for your Wi-Fi products and updating firmware for routers. Rokland will post post-KRACK updates here on this page when they become available from Alfa Network.
Other useful tips:
• Only browse secure websites whose URL begins with HTTPS. HTTPS-enabled websites provides an extra layer of security by using encryption.
• HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Consider using a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) such as Norton WiFi Privacy*, to help protect your data against this new threat. *Using this link, Rokland visitors get a special deal to subscribe to Norton WiFi Privacy VPN for just $4.99 per month. You will be redirected to the Norton web site.
A VPN securely protects all data you transfer, whether you are on a private home network or a public network and is advisable to use even after your devices have been patched against KRACK.