Newsletter: Mozilla’s Firefox Monitor To Safeguard Your Accounts & Wpa-3 Is Here With Better Wi-Fi Security

Newsletter: Mozilla’s Firefox Monitor To Safeguard Your Accounts & Wpa-3 Is Here With Better Wi-Fi Security

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.” – Steven Spielberg

Mozilla’s Firefox Monitor To Safeguard Your Accounts

THE STORY:

Mozilla Firefox has partnered with HIBP to work towards a new tool that would let you know if any of your accounts has ever been compromised in any of the known data breaches. The tool is known as Mozilla Firefox Monitor and its initial designs are being tested for further usage.

WHAT IS ‘HAVE I BEEN PWNED?’

HIBP OR HAVE I BEEN PWNED is a platform that lets you check if any of your accounts have been a part of any known data breaches. HIBP on its website would ask for an email address for which you need to check the breaching status. Once you put the email, hit the ’pwned?’ button and it would show you the status. It is important to know that this website does not have any password associated with any account. The website also features the Pwned Password service to let you know if any individual password has ever been seen in any data breach. You can also access Have I Been Pwned straight from the 1password Watchtower.

HOW WOULD MOZILLA HELP YOU MONITOR?

According to Troy Hunt, creator of Have I Been Pwned website, he’s helping Mozilla Firefox to put his service to a vast user base with its to be Firefox Monitor website. The website would provide a platform to users where they can put their account information and know whether the account has been compromised in any database breach. With Firefox Monitor, you would be able to check the breaching status without the fear of losing the entered email address to another firm, as the information would remain with only Mozilla and not with any third party.

Peter Dolanjski, product manager at Mozilla said that “We decided to address a growing need for account security by developing Firefox Monitor and that the website is a proposed security tool that is designed for everyone, but offers additional features for Firefox users.”.

Mozilla has already started to test the initial developed designs of the tool and is expected to invite about 250000 of its users to take their hands on the tool by next week. Users, for now, would be able to see if their accounts have been a part of any breach, as of now. However, Mozilla plans to send notifications regarding the latest data breaches to its users who register with the service in future.


WPA-3 Is Here With Better Wi-Fi Security

THE STORY:

A new security standard has been introduced with the name of Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 or WPA 3, which is likely to have lesser possibilities of getting hacked than the WPA2, which was launched back in 2014.

WHAT IS WPA?

WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access that is a security protocol responsible to keep your wireless internet connection safe and intact. It was developed by WiFi Alliance in order to make the wireless connections encrypted and sophisticated. The WPA employs discrete modes for personal and organizational uses. For business uses, WPA has a rigid 802.1x authentication along with an Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP). Whereas, in the personal mode is uses the WPA-PSK where it uses the shared keys for better implementation among users and small offices.

HOW WPA-3 IS DIFFERENT THAN ITS PREVIOUS VERSION?

WPA 3 is an improved version of WPA2, which is going to be released after a big 14 years of time. When the WPA2 replaced the WPA in 2014, it came up with a CCMP or Counter Mode Cipher Block Chaining Message Authentication Code Protocol technology. WPA 3 is going to protect you by mitigating the damages that might occur from your easy to guess passwords. The problem with WPA2 is that it allows the hackers to deploy an offline dictionary attack that guesses your passwords with as many guesses as wants. Where in WPA 3 has it covered for you by implementing a new key exchange protocol. Another benefit of WPA 3 is the new handshake technology that would keep the traffic encrypted until it reaches your transom.

Kevin Robinson, a Wi-Fi Alliance executive says, “Let’s say that I’m trying to communicate with somebody, and you want to be able to eavesdrop on what we’re saying. In an offline attack, you can either passively stand there and capture an exchange, or maybe interact with me once. And then you can leave, you can go somewhere else, you can spin up a bunch of cloud computing services and you can try a brute-force dictionary attack without ever interacting with me again, until you figure out my password,”.

Rishi Sharma is a technical writer at Systweak Software. Being a software developer, he inclines to write about modern technology and progressive security for computers. One staunch admirer of Cricket, Rishi is also an active social worker and a gourmand.

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