That loud sound you heard last week might have been the crack from the feared KRACK attack hitting the internet. KRACK can invade all wifi connected, wireless devices (laptops, tablets, phones, etc.) and allow hackers to spy on your personal data and interactions online. The good news is that the vendors we use to power the DC Access network equipment have already created patches and we have already patched our core network equipment. Other tech companies and manufacturers are responding quickly to this security hole and are rapidly working on patches to protect our online security and safety.
In the meantime, DC Access wants to share with you some useful tips to keep your systems safe.
If you use Windows enabled devices, they are unlikely to be impacted by this vulnerability. However, Microsoft already prepared a patch for Windows 10. If you have auto-updates turned on, the patch has already been installed on your device.
Apple is working on a KRACK protection update for all of its products. These updates should be available in the next few days. Keep an eye out for it – the patch will be available for download and auto-updates.
Google is working on updates for Android phones. Updates should be out in a few weeks. The wildcard with Android phones, however, is that each cellular provider will control when (or if) phones get updated. Pay attention to notices from your cellular provider for information about software updates.
Please remember, though, to be careful with other wireless devices that use wifi, including wireless cameras and baby monitors, among other devices. There may never be a hardware update available for these devices. And even if an update does become available, most do not have an auto update feature, so it is more difficult to disseminate the fix. The updates need to be installed manually. In order to best protect your data, when possible, use hard-wired versions of these devices.
DC Access is staying well-informed on this potential security breach and working hard to ensure your protection. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.