Avoid using WiFi for a few weeks #KRACK

Recently, it was discovered by security researchers that almost every single WiFi is vulnerable to breach. Basically, Key Re-installation Attack (KRACK) is possible for a hacker to act as ‘man in the middle’ by spoofing a local WiFi hub, so all your WiFi traffic will go through his (or her) computer, before going onto the real WiFi hub. The affected WiFi hubs use the WPA2 security protocol.

Normally, you should be protected by using https (the green padlock SSL certificates) on websites.  SSL certificates should encrypt your username and password, making them invisible, but the KRACK vulnerability removes this protection.

Microsoft has already released a patch on their Windows 8 and 10 computers. If you don’t have automatic updates turned on, do it now. Google has announced that Android devices won’t be updated until the 6th November. Android users are advised to turn off wifi until the update is provided. Various other Linux devices will be updated in the near future (check your specific vendor). It is unknown if and how Apple iOS and Mac products are affected; Apple has not released specific information.

In the mean time, it is prudent to avoid using WiFi until you are sure your device has had this patch provided. Regarding your home and office WiFi router, check with your vendor for patches and updates. It is possible that using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) will keep your data and traffic encrypted, and probably protected. There are many VPNs, and these are available on mobile devices as well. Otherwise, absolutely avoid public WiFi until you see specific information stating it is protected against KRACK. After all, it is in the public space where man-in-the-middle attacks work best.

More detailed information from Engadget:

Discount Coupon for new members

Welcome to the HelloSpace.Me blog. We announce news and information, including your chance to get a USD$30 discount off your own website! No coding or tech skills required.

HelloSpace.Me is a leading provider of websites for educators and lifestyle industry in Asia. We believe we’re the best, because we provide the easiest way to set up your own, powerful, fully-functional website, easily, and without the need to know coding. We are native-English speakers based in Nagoya Japan, but our servers are located in Switzerland and protected under Swiss data and privacy protection laws, which is very important for protecting students’ futures.

Academics and dedicated teachers need to have their own professional, ad-free, web presence. Set up a WordPress blog and on it describe and display your teaching ideas and your research output, which make it easier to land that next job. Alternatively, use your own website to attract and support online tutoring. Use your own website to sell your hobby output, be it yoga classes, photography, commercial blogging, whatever.

How to claim

Step 1: Domain

First you need a domain (aka “URL” or “web address”). Our web addresses are competitively priced. Search for your perfect web address here. Also, see here for what “TLDs” (like .com .us or .net) we offer.

Step 2: Choose your web space plan

To use your $30 discount, choose either the Premium, WordPress, or Lite Plans, or the Diamond Package*. Most people choose the Lite Plan with Rapid SSL Certificate (for that green padlock security). Compare web hosting plans here.

Step 3: Claim & pay

You will be guided through the checkout process, where you can be offered other options. At the Review & Checkout stage (pictured) is where you enter to the coupon code: JPN2017 to get USD$30 off for the first year of your web space. Currently, we advertise in US dollars, we also support prices in Australian dollars, Japanese yen, and South Korean won. All payments via PayPal will be converted to Australian dollars.

The final stage of the checkout process
The final stage of the checkout process

Scroll down to see this:

Review & Checkout: Enter coupon code here
Review & Checkout: Enter coupon code here, and press “Validate Code”

Then click on the friendly green Checkout button, where PayPal will securely process the payment for us. We do not see or store your credit card or other banking details. Afterwards, you will receive a bunch of emails. Importantly, in one or some of the emails you will need to click on “Verify” for security reasons. Read the emails, and follow the rest of the website setup process explained here.

Step 4: Verify

Make sure you read all the emails you get regarding the signup process. Some emails are directly from us, and some are from the domain registrar agency we use. Make sure you click on the “verify” links, so for security reasons, we can be sure we are contacting you, the true owner.

 

* The Diamond Package is specially for low-tech people. We purchase the domain on your behalf, manually setup a WordPress website, manually setup an email address for you, and give it all to you.

Coupon Code for #JALT2017

Welcome to the HelloSpace.Me, a leading provider of websites for educators and lifestyle industries. Here on our blog we have news and updates, including this special announcement.

For a limited time only, we are offering a very special discount to JALT members, especially those attending the KOTESOL and JALT 2017 International Conferences. Normal websites cost over USD$120/yr, plus domain (web address). However, we are offering a special discount for you. Get USD$30 off for the webspace for a one year subscription.

How to claim

Step 1: Domain

First you need a domain (aka “URL” or “web address”). Our web addresses are competitively priced. Search for your perfect web address here. Also, see here for what “TLDs” (like .com .us or .net) we offer.

Step 2: Choose your web space plan

To use your $30 discount, choose either the Premium, WordPress, or Lite Plans, or the Diamond Package*. Most people choose the Lite Plan with Rapid SSL Certificate (for that green padlock security). Compare web hosting plans here.

Step 3: Claim & pay

You will be guided through the checkout process, where you can be offered other options. At the Review & Checkout stage (pictured) is where you enter to the coupon code: JALT2017 or KOTESOL2017 to get USD$30 off for the first year of your web space. Currently, we advertise in US dollars, we also support prices in Australian dollars, Japanese yen, and South Korean won. All payments via PayPal will be converted to Australian dollars.

The final stage of the checkout process
The final stage of the checkout process

Scroll down to see this:

Review & Checkout: Enter coupon code here
Review & Checkout: Enter coupon code here, and press “Validate Code”

Then click on the friendly green Checkout button, where PayPal will securely process the payment for us. We do not see or store your credit card or other banking details. Afterwards, you will receive a bunch of emails. Importantly, in one or some of the emails you will need to click on “Verify” for security reasons. Read the emails, and follow the rest of the website setup process explained here.

* The Diamond Package is specially for low-tech people. We purchase the domain on your behalf, manually setup a WordPress website, manually setup an email address for you, and give it all to you.