Unsecured Wireless Networks

Don’t Let Wi-Fi Be Your Biggest Security Gap

While the use of Internet-enabled devices (IoT) continues to rise in 2018 and beyond, so do the wireless security risks. If IoT devices are hacked, it can result in a wide range of issues, including denial of service, personal data being compromised, and major infrastructure failures.

Wi-Fi attacks are inexpensive and extremely popular and many users don’t really understand the risk. Using easily accessible tools and a plethora of online how-to videos, even the most novice hacker can intercept traffic flowing over Wi-Fi. There are tools the size of a smartphone available online for as low as $99 that can be used by a malicious person to get valuable data from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop – your username, passwords, credit card data, and other sensitive information.

91% of users are aware of public Wi-Fi security, but 89% choose to ignore it
Millennials (18-35) consume the largest amount of Wi-Fi
71% of all mobile communications flows over Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Threats Leave Businesses Vulnerable

  • Man-in-the-Middle Attack (MitM)
    Mundane communication over Wi-Fi can lead to a breach when a villainous actor secretly intercepts and alters legitimate conversations.
  • Evil Twin
    Cyber criminals use their own malicious access point to impersonate a real access point’s Wi-Fi network name and unique hardware address. Users are at risk of losing private documents and credentials that may contain highly sensitive information to cyber thieves who opportunistically intercept data being sent through the network.
  • Misconfigured Access Point
    Deploying access points without following Wi-Fi security best practices can lead to inadvertent misconfigurations, which often leads to a security risk.
  • Rogue Access Point
    Nothing physically prevents a cyber criminal from plugging a foreign access point into your network and inviting unsuspecting victims to connect. Users that fall victim to the rogue AP are susceptible to data and credential theft as well as malicious code injection that often goes unnoticed, such as backdoors for remote access by the attacker.
  • Inappropriate and Illegal Usage
    Businesses offering guest Wi-Fi risk playing host to a wide variety of illegal and potentially harmful communications. Adult or extremist content can be offensive to neighboring users, and illegal downloads of protected media leave the business open to copyright infringement lawsuits.
  • AP MAC Address Spoofing
    Cyber criminals set on breaching Wi-Fi security commonly attempt to disguise their malicious access points as legitimate or known access points by spoofing MAC addresses.
  • Karma Attack
    Malicious access points listen to client probe requests looking for Wi-Fi network names that have previously been connected to and then broadcast those names, getting the victim(s) connected to their malicious AP and stealing data, credentials and other sensitive information.
  • WPA/WPA2 Encryption Cracking (KRACK)
    With KRACK, data streaming over WPA/WPA2-encrypted Wi-Fi networks, can be intercepted, decrypted, and modified without a user’s knowledge. This security flaw means that, for vulnerable clients and access points, WPA- and WPA2-encrypted Wi-Fi traffic is potentially exposed.


How can I protect myself?

If you secure your wireless network with a password, you may feel you’re protected from eavesdroppers. The reality is if you use an older protocol though, like WEP, attackers can quickly and easily crack your wireless password. Even more secure protocols are vulnerable to brute force attacks if a password isn’t strong enough.

Even classic protections like MAC address filtering are no longer sufficient in protecting against modern wireless attacks as attackers now commonly spoof hardware addresses to match protected clients or even authorized access points.

WatchGuard protects your business today and tomorrow by offering more than just Wi-Fi connectivity. We offer patented security, defending your business, your IoT devices, and your customers 24/7 from man-in-the-middle (MitM) and denial-of-service attacks, rogue APs and more – and with close to zero false positives. Learn more >

How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

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