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Wifi hack

Just in case you haven’t heard/seen the news on the internet, a basic exploit has been discovered in the Wifi architecture, and that exploit has been hacked. That means potentially everything that uses wifi to communicate is vulnerable.

And that includes:

  • computers via their router
  • smartphones
  • tablets
  • Amazon’s Alexa [I think]
  • and even cars

Apparently Windows based computers should already be updated against this exploit, although how Microsoft managed to find out so quickly is a worry. However, that is only the computer operating system itself. The router also handles things like internet banking and I have no idea how secure that is now.

Android and Linux are both vulnerable. I believe Apple is too.

As most people these days have wifi routers [the box with the flickering lights that sits between your computer and the internet], I would strongly recommend checking with your ISP* about when you can expect a security update for the router. ISPs are your service providers – e.g. Telstra, Optus etc. Until you get one, I would keep internet transactions dealing with money to an absolute minimum.

Actually, you might consider going around with wads of cash for a while. No seriously.

Oh, and don’t use the free wifi in your local shopping centre because such locales are plenty big enough to make them worthwhile for hacking.**

If any of my techie friends has info to share I’d really appreciate it.

cheers

Meeks

* When you sign up with an ISP, they usually provide you with a router [for a fee] so the ISP should provide info. on updating the router.

** Although this hack is universal, it is constrained by the hacker’s need to be physically within reach of the wifi he/she wants to hack. So home wifi is not that ‘worthwhile’, but a large shopping centre probably would be.

 


Not shaped no more!

Apologies for being  unusually quiet this last week. A certain family member [who shall remain nameless] used  up our 60 GB monthly broadband allowance in three weeks, so we spent the last week being ‘shaped’.

Shaping is when your ISP [Internet Service Provider] cuts your broadband speed down to dial-up levels. Actually I tell a lie, dial-up is a little faster. With shaping you open your browser, and then go put the washing out while you wait for it to load. Then you google something, and make a cup of coffee while you wait for the search results to load. Clicking on one of the search results gives you enough time to start dinner and go to the loo… 😦

Okay, I may have exaggerated just a teensy weensy bit, but my internet speeds truly were unusable. In fact, at one point I became so desperate I forced myself to look up my own blog on my phone!* This allowed me to at least read the comments you guys had left. Tapping out replies to your comments, however, was beyond me; I don’t have very big fingers but the ‘keyboard’ seems to be made for Lilliputians!

Anyway, I just wanted to say I haven’t been ignoring you, and normal programming will resume this afternoon. 😀

cheers

Meeks

*I hate my smart phone, and still don’t know how to use it properly. I only learn something new when I’m desperate.


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