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Wi-Fi security: Ok if you’re only fooling around on Facebook

“The sky is falling!  Wi-Fi encryption has been cracked!”

That is the way the news of the Krack Wi-Fi exploit was presented in the mainstream news media.  As luck would have it on the day that news broke I was working in a client’s office in lower Manhattan and took a walk out onto Wall Street so see if there was any panic breaking out.  There was not.  Then I remembered reading years ago that some of the big New York financial institutions had a policy requiring that the wireless Ethernet cards be removed from the laptops used by their employees.  Their security experts knew then that Wi-Fi is inherently insecure and always will be, so they got rid of it in their offices.

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