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WPA3 - Schneier on Security
Everyone is writing about the new WPA3 Wi-Fi security standard, and how it improves security over the current WPA2 standard.
This summary is as good as any other:
The first big new feature in WPA3 is protection against offline, password-guessing attacks. This is where an attacker captures data from your Wi-Fi stream, brings it back to a private computer, and guesses passwords over and over again until they find a match. With WPA3, attackers are only supposed to be able to make a single guess against that offline data before it becomes useless; they'll instead have to interact with the live Wi-Fi device every time they want to make a guess. (And that's harder since they need to be physically present, and devices can be set up to protect against repeat guesses.)
WPA3's other major addition, as highlighted by the Alliance, is forward secrecy. This is a privacy feature that prevents older data from being compromised by a later attack. So if an attacker captures an encrypted Wi-Fi transmission, then cracks the password, they still won't be able to read the older data -- they'd only be able to see new information currently flowing over the network.
Note that we're just getting the new standard this week. Actual devices that implement the standard are still months away.
wi-fi  security  privacy  WPA3 
6 days ago by rgl7194
New Method Simplifies Cracking WPA/WPA2 Passwords on 802.11 Networks
A new technique has been discovered to easily retrieve the Pairwise Master Key Identifier (PMKID) from a router using WPA/WPA2 security, which can then be used to crack the wireless password of the router. While previous WPA/WPA2 cracking methods required an attacker to wait for a user to login to a wireless network and capture a full authentication handshake, this new method only requires a single frame which the attacker can request from the AP because it is a regular part of the protocol.
This new method was discovered by Jens "atom" Steube, the developer of the popular Hashcat password cracking tool, when looking for new ways to crack the WPA3 wireless security protocol. According to Steube, this method will work against almost all routers utilizing 802.11i/p/q/r networks with roaming enabled.
This method works by extracting the RSN IE (Robust Security Network Information Element) from a single EAPOL frame. The RSN IE is a optional field that contains the Pairwise Master Key Identifier (PMKID) generated by a router when a user tries to authenticate.
security  privacy  wi-fi  hack  router 
6 days ago by rgl7194
How to See the Exact Strength of Your Wi-Fi Connection in Windows
How to See the Exact Strength of Your Wi-Fi Connection in Windows by Ben Stegner via MakeUseOf https://ift.tt/2Lbpln1
wi-fi  windows  IFTTT 
15 days ago by pmdpmd
Understanding Best Practices for Using Public Wi-Fi
From coffee shops to the medical office waiting rooms and even department stores, public Wi-Fi access is waiting for you to connect your devices and get online.
wi-fi  secure-connection  public 
16 days ago by Adventure_Web
I upvoted Wirepool on Product Hunt: Crowdsourced WiFi passwords for everyone 📶 https://ift.tt/2JpzLxu
ProductHunt  Mac  Productivity  Nomad  Lifestyle  Travel  Wi-Fi  Crowdsourced  WiFi  passwords  for  everyone  📶 
29 days ago by glitchwitch
WPA3 Standard Officially Launches With New Wi-Fi Security Features
The Wi-Fi Alliance today officially launched WPA3—the next-generation Wi-Fi security standard that promises to eliminate all the known security vulnerabilities and wireless attacks that are up today including the dangerous KRACK attacks.
WPA, or Wi-Fi Protected Access, is a standard designed to authenticate wireless devices using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) protocol and is intended to prevent hackers from eavesdropping on your wireless data.
However, in late last year, security researchers uncovered a severe flaw in the current WPA2 protocol, dubbed KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attack), that made it possible for attackers to intercept, decrypt and even manipulate WiFi network traffic.
Although most device manufacturers patched their devices against KRACK attacks, the WiFi Alliance, without much delay, rushed to finalize and launch WPA3 in order to address WPA2's technical shortcomings from the ground.
wi-fi  security  privacy  standards 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
New WPA3 Wi-Fi Standard Released
On Monday, the Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization that manages Wi-Fi technologies, announced the official release of WPA3.
WPA3 is the latest version of Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), a user authentication technology for Wi-Fi connections.
News that the Wi-Fi Alliance was working on WPA3 leaked online in January. The organization started working on WPA3 after a security researcher revealed KRACK, a vulnerability in the WPA2 WiFi protocol that made it somewhat trivial for an attacker to gain access to WiFi transmissions protected by WPA2.
WPA3 is currently optional for all newly produced devices, but it will become the de-facto Wi-Fi authentication standard for all Wi-Fi capable devices in the coming years. A date has not been set yet, but the new WPA3 will retain interoperability with older WPA2 devices to ensure as less friction as possible during the transition to WPA3.
wi-fi  security  privacy  standards 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
WPA3 Wi-Fi security standard is officially rolling out to replace the 14-year-old WPA2 | iMore
The new standard wants to make your Wi-Fi network more secure than it's ever been.
As our mobile world progresses with new phones, smart home gadgets, and more, it's becoming even more critical that our online presence is as safe and secure as can be. To ensure things stay that way, the Wi-Fi Alliance is now certifying products that support the new WPA3 standard.
WPA3 is officially replacing WPA2, and considering that WPA2 was first released in 2004, the time for this is long overdue. Although not much is changing from a consumer point-of-view, WPA3 is chock-full of new features and tools to ensure your wireless internet connection is more secure than ever before.
One of the highlights found with WPA3 is that it makes it much more difficult for hackers to tap into your network using offline password-guessing attacks. WPA2 allows deviants to capture data from your router and then repeatedly guess your password over and over on their computer so they can gain access to your Wi-Fi setup, but with WPA3, one incorrect hacking attempt will render this data useless.
wi-fi  security  privacy  standards 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Nexx WiFi Garage Door Opener | Cool Tools
Open your garage door from the other side of the planet
I recently purchased and installed this WiFi garage door controller ($100). It was easy to install and it works great! In addition to WiFi control it comes with a magnetic door sensor which informs the controller whether the door is opened or closed. (I spliced in my own pre-existing hidden/recessed door sensor rather than using the one shipped with the product, as it was already installed and invisible.)
The product has good ratings on Amazon. It works with almost any opener and works in addition to, and in parallel with all other opener controls. The software also logs all door activations, and what opener activated it.
There was a previously reviewed WiFi opener here but it was twice as expensive and appears to be no longer available. It also has far fewer reviews and a lower rating. Some features they need to add:
1. They need to add web page / browser access in addition to smartphone and Alexa. Most other WiFi appliance vendors (e.g Orbit sprinkler controller, Samsung webcam) have this.
2. An auto-close feature with programmable delay and active time of day schedule needs to be added.
-- Bruce Bowen
Buy on Amazon
Nexx Garage NXG-100 Nxg Remote Compatible Door Openers ($100)
home_stuff  wi-fi  gadgets  cool_tools 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
How to Secure Your Home Router | The Mac Security Blog
A home router is your gateway to the Internet. When configured correctly to be secure, your home router can act as a first line of defense against network intruders. Configured incorrectly, however, and your router can be an open door allowing hackers and cyber-criminals to infiltrate your network and potentially access your computers and files.
Configuring a home router isn't complicated, but many people don't make needed changes to the default settings when they set up the device—and you might be one of them, but it's okay, we're here to help! Have you changed the default settings in your home router? When was the last time you checked your router settings to be sure it's as secure as can be? Follow along below, and we'll show you the main settings you can change right now to ensure your home router is secure and protects you from hackers.
security  privacy  internet  router  passwords  wi-fi  firmware 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194

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