An Argument Against Wi-Fi

Late in 2017, a new attack on wireless networks was discovered. This new attack (known as the KRACK attack) exploits a weakness in the implementation of the WPA2 standard. The WPA2 standard is the encryption method used by all modern wireless access points and wireless routers. In other words, this attack works against all modern Wi-Fi networks. Even more, this can be done from outside your office! Sometimes, the attacker can be as far away as two to eight miles. To protect your network, you must update both your operating system and the firmware of your access point and wireless router. Without updating both, you are putting yourself at risk.

The good news? If you have Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 and the latest windows updates, your operating system is protected. However, you may still need to update the firmware of your access point and wireless router. You will need to check your access point and wireless router manufacturer’s web site to see if an update is available for your model and for instructions on how to update it.

Because of this, we recommend not using Wi-Fi at all. Wired networks are not subject to the same vulnerability and also offer better speed with more stable connections.

To protect yourself and your taxpayer’s data, we encourage all our customers to use only wired networks. If you have any questions, we’d love to help! You can call Customer Support at 706-868-0985.

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