We just got the internet back after what feels like a month but was only 24 hours. Talk about addicted. 😦
The problem was our internet router. It gave up the ghost after just 2 years, and I’ve been scrambling from place to place trying to get a new one. The first one I found didn’t work at all. The second works, but setting it up so it would talk to my ISP [internet service provider] required an hour on the phone with the Internode support guy. He was incredibly patient and knowledgeable and we finally got there, but now I’m just knackered.
I’ll catch up with everyone tomorrow,
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
- 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.
* 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.