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Is your home Wi-Fi network secure?

Nov 10, 2017, 10:20 AM by Southern First Bank

Maybe not, according to recent developments by cyber security researchers*.

A major security vulnerability was recently discovered in the security software (WPA – Wi-Fi Protected Access) used by millions of Americans to protect their home and business Wi-Fi networks.

The vulnerability, called KRACKs (Key Reinstallation AttaCKs), could allow attackers to intercept and steal data transmitted between your Wi-Fi enabled devices and your password protected Wi-Fi network. Sensitive information – such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and more – could be vulnerable if stored on these Wi-Fi enabled devices.

What should you do?

  1. Update all Wi-Fi enabled devices as soon as software updates become available. Wi-Fi enabled devices can include laptops, tablets, smart phones, and other smart devices like wearables and home appliances.
  2. Update the software of your wireless router.

Is my device vulnerable?

Any devices that use a Wi-Fi connection are likely vulnerable. Contact your device vendor or visit their website for more information.

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