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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Contacts, , , , , wi-fi,   

    Windows 10 Shares Wi-Fi Passwords With Your Contacts – Here’s How to Disable It 

    Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 later this week. The new desktop operating system comes with a number of new features including some that have been borrowed from Windows Phone, company’s own mobile operating system. One such feature is Wi-Fi Sense, which has many security enthusiasts and users alike worried.

    Wi-Fi Sense, for those unfamiliar, is a networking feature that lets users share their Wi-Fi credentials with friends. But it is how it does it wherein lies the rub. The app scans through a user’s Facebook account and Outlook contacts, and shares the username and password with their friends.

    But as you may start realising, not everyone connected to your Facebook account is a trustworthy friend. Furthermore, not everyone you’ve exchanged emails with is a friend either. This is precisely the point security firms are presenting before users.

    In Microsoft’s defence, the company says that the password it shares with one’s friends is done so over an encrypted network. Furthermore, the password itself is encrypted as well. The company also says that a device connecting to a network doesn’t interact with other connected devices. “They won’t have access to other computers, devices, or files stored on your home network, and you won’t have access to these things on their network,” it notes on Wi-Fi Sense’s FAQ page.

    (Also see:  Eight Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 10)

    But that’s not the only problem with Wi-Fi Sense. The feature also automatically connects you to crowdsourced open Wi-Fi networks. Security firms have repeatedly advised users to not connect to an open Wi-Fi network.

    Security firm AVG, for instance, is taking some time to remind us the potential threats of open Wi-Fi networks. “As we’ve explained several times before, not all free or open Wi-Fi networks are secure and others can be deliberately malicious. Accessing the Internet on these hotspots can lead to your traffic being intercepted by an attacker, known as a ‘man in the middle’ attack.”

    Perhaps the biggest problem with Wi-Fi Sense is that it is enabled by default on Windows. But you can disable it by going to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi settings. Here you can see all Wi-Fi Sense related settings and disable the ones you want.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Dangers of Free, Public Wi-Fi – and How to Keep Yourself Safe 

    Highlights Public Wi-Fi networks are a boon but can also be a threat if not careful Most common attacks include man-in-the-middle, malware and spoofing Stay safe by using a VPN and avoiding rogue networks

    Imagine this scenario: you’ve just landed in a new city. What’s the first thing you would think of doing? Head to the luggage belt? Visit the washroom? No – it would typically be scanning for free Wi-Fi networks at the airport. It’s sort of an automatic reaction that has developed ever since the smartphone boom.

    It’s not just airports though, as today, you can find free Wi-Fi pretty much everywhere – in malls, coffee shops, public transport, restaurants and in 2016, we’re going to see this increase ten-fold with big conglomerates like Google as well and the Government stepping in to make public Wi-Fi ubiquitous in India. It’s a great idea, and one that’s been widely praised.

    However, one of the pitfalls of public Wi-Fi is that it’s easily open to attacks from hackers. According to Norton’s Cybersecurity Insights Report, millennials seem to be the most vulnerable to attacks as most of their work, business, and socialising is done online. The report also found 77 percent of Indians would be devastated if their personal financial information was compromised and around 52 percent have experienced credit card fraud, or know someone who has.

    Jagdish Mahapatra, Managing Director for Intel Security, India and SAARC, tells Gadgets 360 that the firm’s recent study for India highlighted that diet or fitness related promotional links are something that cyber criminals run on a regular basis. He also states that 78 percent of Indian consumers consider dangers of unsafe online search terms but click on promotional diet

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on June 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hotspot, , wi-fi   

    How to Use Your Laptop as a Wi-Fi Hotspot 

    Have you ever been in a situation where you have no W-Fi router, just one network cable and five people who need to use the Internet? Or maybe you have a 3G dongle that works with your laptop, but leaves your Wi-Fi-only tablet offline. Sounds familiar? It would certainly be handy to share the Internet connection amongst all users and devices without a router, right?

    Or maybe this scenario will ring a bell. Many hotels offer wired Internet access for free, but charge you for Wi-Fi and/ or for using the Internet on more than one device. So should you just pay the crazy amount they ask for? Not necessarily.

    You can share your laptop or desktop Internet connection via Wi-Fi to other devices, and for the most part, it’s quite simple. Mac users face no trouble at all, as setting up Internet sharing in OS X is just a couple of click away, but for Windows users the process can be a little bit more laboured. The built-in options don’t always cut it due to the complicated setup and reliability problems.

    Use Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 Laptops as Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Thankfully, there are quite a few apps that let you use your machine as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Before you use any of these apps, you may want to check the steps on Microsoft’s site to see Windows’ built-in Internet sharing and see if you have better luck than we did. We do recommend that you skip that and use a third-party app instead, since the experience is usually much better.

    We tested some popular apps that let you do this – Connectify and Virtual Router Plus. The latter didn’t work very well for us. Our anti-virus flagged it as a threat and during installation it tried to make us install unwanted software.

    We didn’t have the same issues with Connectify. It is a reliable app for turning your computer into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Before you proceed, know that you will need a Windows PC with a Wi-Fi adapter (or built-in Wi-Fi) to make this work. If your computer does not have Wi-Fi, then you can buy one that connects via USB, such as this one.

    Here are the steps to setup your Windows machine as a Wi-Fi hotspot:

    Download Connectify and install it. The installation is pretty straightforward and when installation is complete, restart your computer. After restarting the computer, check whether it is connected to the Internet. If it is, run the Connectify Hotspot app. You’ll see two tabs in the app – Settings and Clients. In the Settings tab, under “Create a…” click Wi-Fi Hotspot. Under Internet to Share, you’ll see a drop-down menu. Expand it and select the connection you want to share. We tested this app with a wired and a wireless connection and found that it worked perfectly with both. Under that, you’ll see some more options. Add a Wi-Fi password. Click Start Hotspot.

    That’s all you need to do. Now other devices will detect a Wi-Fi network labelled Connectify-me. Key in the password and you’re good to go.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Wi-Fi WPA2 Security Vulnerable to KRACK Attacks: Nearly All Wi-Fi Devices on the Planet Vulnerable 

    Highlights WPA2 security protocol has reportedly been compromised The WPA2 vulnerabilities will be detailed at 5:30pm IST Anyone near your router could eavesdrop on Wi-Fi traffic, say researchers

    Security researchers claim to have found high-severity vulnerabilities in WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access II), a popular security protocol used by nearly every Wi-Fi device on the planet. The vulnerabilities could potentially allow anyone near your router to eavesdrop on the Wi-Fi traffic being sent through it.

    Details have been revealed on a dedicated site called krackattacks.com, named after the proof-of-concept attack called KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks). A total of 10 vulnerabilities have been identified, and were discovered by researcher Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven.

    “If your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected,” Vanhoef writes on the website.

    “Concretely, attackers can use this novel

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Wi-Fi Devices Vulnerable to KRACK Attacks: Your 10-Point Cheatsheet 

    Highlights Nearly all modern Wi-Fi devices are impacted You need to wait for a software update on your smartphone, laptop You do not need to change your router’s Wi-Fi password

    Vulnerabilities in WPA2, a protocol used by nearly all modern Wi-Fi devices, leaves all Wi-Fi devices at risk of being snooped upon, a security researcher revealed on Monday. KRACK attacks make it possible

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Wi-Fi KRACK Attacks, Jio Phone Pre-Bookings, Xiaomi Redmi 5A Launch, and More: Your 360 Daily 

    Highlights Anyone near your router could eavesdrop on Wi-Fi traffic Jio Phone pre-bookings are said to begin after Diwali Xiaomi Redmi 5A launched in China

    Researchers claim to have discovered high-severity vulnerabilities in WPA2 , a popular security protocol used by nearly every Wi-Fi device on the planet. This could potentially allow anyone near your router to eavesdrop on the Wi-Fi traffic using a KRACK attack. Nearly every modern Wi-Fi device such as your smartphone, laptop, and gaming console are impacted and the only solution seems to a software update for the impacted devices.

    You may be able to buy a Jio Phone again after Diwali
    Couldn’t pre-order a Jio Phone in August? You may be getting another chance soon. Jio Phone pre-bookings will reportedly start again after Diwali after the completion of the first batch of deliveries. According a report Jio is likely to take orders for its 4G feature phone between October-end and November first week.Though no concrete date has been made public just yet.

    About 6 million Jio Phone units were booked in a day and a half when the company opened bookings of the 4G feature phone for the public on August 24 in the first phase. Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani had announced that the 4G phone will be “effectively free” for users, but to prevent isuse of the scheme Jio Phone buyers will need to pay one-time fully refundable deposit of Rs. 1,500.
     

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on May 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    WPA2 Wi-Fi Vulnerability to KRACK Attacks Already Patched by Microsoft, Apple; Google Working on Fix 

    Highlights Almost every Wi-Fi router could get impacted by a new vulnerability flaw Apple and Microsoft said they have already released patches Google said it is working on a fix that it will release soon

    A newly discovered flaw in the widely used Wi-Fi encryption protocol

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2, 700, , , , , R6080, R6120, Routers, , wi-fi   

    Netgear R6080, R6120 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Routers Launched in India Starting at Rs. 2,700 

    Highlights The R6080 supports AC1000 speeds of up to 700Mbps The R6120 supports AC1200 speeds of up to 900Mbps The R6080 costs Rs. 2,700 while the R6120 costs Rs. 3,200

    Netgear has launched two new mainstream Wi-Fi 802.11ac routers in India, aimed at users looking to upgrade their existing Wi-Fi 802.11n router. The Netgear R6080 is a dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) AC1000 router with Wi-Fi speeds of up to 700Mbps and is priced at Rs. 2,700. The Netgear R6120 is a dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) AC1200 router with a maximum Wi-Fi speed of 900Mbps, which is priced at Rs. 3,200. Both routers will be available in India starting this month through authorised Netgear partners and resellers.

    The Netgear R6080 and R6120 have a total of five 10/100 Ethernet ports each, of which one is a WAN port and the rest are LAN ports. The R6120 also gets a USB 2.0 port for connecting a printer or any storage device and 16MB of onboard flash memory, compared to 8MB on the R6080. The routers are also compatible with Netgear’s genie app which lets users easily setup the router, add more devices, monitor, connect and control the home network from any iPhone, iPad, or Android device. User can also share and stream music or videos, diagnose & repair network issues, set up parental controls and more.

    Both routers offer high level WPA/WPA2 security and secure connections. Upon detection, guest devices are automatically directed to access a separate Wi-Fi network so they do not have access to the home network or to the shared USB hard drive containing the host’s personal data. The 5GHz band is said to offer up to 3x improved speed, which is recommended for activities like online gaming and HD video streaming.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Mid-Sized, , , Small, , , Tri-band, wi-fi   

    Netgear Launches Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi Systems for Small to Mid-Sized Homes in India: Price, Specifications 

    Highlights The Orbi RBK30, RBK40 are smaller and less powerful than the RBK50 The Orbi RBK30 has a range of 3,500 square feet Both systems include an AC2200 router and wall-plug satellite

    Netgear on Tuesday launched two new routers in the Orbi series – the RBK30 and RBK40 Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi Systems – for small to mid-sized homes in India. The Orbi series started with the RBK50 and introduced a new design language. The new RBK30 and RBK40 start at Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 26,000, respectively, and will be available on Amazon India from the Diwali season.

    The Orbi RBK30 and RBK40 follow a similar design but are smaller and less powerful in terms of coverage area compared to the Orbi RBK50. Netgear says it is introducing new form factors for Orbi to provide customers with more choice of style and flexibility of Wi-Fi placement. The Orbi RBK30 has a smaller range of 3,500 square feet compared to the Orbi RBK40 that can cover an area of up to 4,000 square feet. Both the Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi Systems include an AC2200 router and wall-plug satellite for wider coverage area.

    Additionally, the new Orbi Systems support 802.11ac AC2200 Wi-Fi speeds up to 2.2Gbps, supporting simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands on the router and satellite, which maintains the same name (SSID). It has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and the company is touting easy installation via the Android or iOS apps.

    Netgear says the price for an Orbi RBK30 with one AC2200 router and one wall plug satellite is priced between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 22,000, while the Orbi RBK40 with a similar configuration can be purchased between Rs. 24,000 to Rs. 26,000. The Orbi RBK50 is already available on Amazon India and can be bought for as low as Rs. 26,999 during the Amazon Great India Festival that’s currently live.

    “Each of these new Orbi systems with AC2200 WiFi are faster than competitive products with legacy AC1200 Wi-Fi,” said Marthesh Nagendra, Country Manager, India and SAARC, Netgear. “Furthermore, all Orbi home Wi-Fi systems are Tri-band versus the competition which is dual band mesh. Due to the use of the innovative Tri-band technology, multiple independent reviewers and testers around the world have proven that Orbi Wi-Fi systems deliver far superior performance for more simultaneously streaming devices.”

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Further reading: Laptops, Netgear, Orbi RBK30, Orbi RBK40, Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi Systems, PC, Routers

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Wi-fi flaw confuses Aussie internet users 

    D-Link reiterates KRACK researchers’ assertion that APs aren’t targeted. Do home routers really need urgent patching?

    Confusion is sweeping Australian internet users after the disclosure of a flaw in the WPA2 protocol used to secure wi-fi, with many unsure of what they need to patch.

    The flaw, which was made public late on Monday night local time, puts almost all personal and enterprise wireless-enabled devices and networks at risk of attack.

    The researchers who uncovered the so-called KRACK attack assert that it “does not exploit access points, but instead targets clients” – and that “for ordinary home users, your priority should be updating clients such as laptops and smartphones”.

    Despite this, there remains considerable confusion on whether home routers need to be updated or not.

    A D-Link A/NZ representative told Whirlpool that the vulnerability “is targeting … clients and not the routers/access points” (APs).

    “If the router/AP is running in normal wi-fi mode (as an access point) – it is not vulnerable (but the client still is, unless it is patched),” the representative said.

    “A router/AP will only be affected if running in ‘AP client mode’ – this mode is not enabled in our routers and very rarely used in APs.”

    The D-Link representative indicated the router maker would patch its firmware using code from the manufacturers of wi-fi chipsets incorporated into its products.

    “But again – the important part is to patch the clients (computers, phones, tablets),” the representative said.

    “Modifying the wi-fi code on

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