Recently a vulnerability in the WiFi protocol was found and disclosed. For the technically inclined I'll link to the article and research papers below. For everyone else, I'll summarise and provide a good rule of thumb to use to keep you safe.
The attack is thought to affect everything with WiFi, from phones and computers to SmartTV's and WiFi toasters. Pretty soon the electronics industry will be pushing updates for everything imaginable, once patched the vulnerability cannot affect your devices. It is a short range attack, meaning the attacker would need to be on the same network as you - generally within 10 meters. So at home is probably safe, but maybe when you're out and about it's more of a risk.
Until those updates start kicking in, turn off WiFi on your devices whenever you don't need it. If you're already in the habit of checking to see if your websites are 'locked', then you're okay. If you're not in the habit, now is a perfect time to start.
When it comes to updating your devices, some will be really easy, however you might need a hand with modem/routers and other odd devices, get in touch and we'll do our best to help out.
Don't have long, here's a short list
- Updates are coming, and are important, where possible install them.
- Turn off WiFi on your phone/laptop when you're not using it.
- Check to make sure your websites are 'locked' before entering personal information