A few days ago, a researcher announced that he found a way to crack the WPA protection in under 15 minutes!
Here is what you should do to keep your Wi-Fi network safe at the moment:
Log into your router settings page, and select the WPA2 protocol instead of WPA or WEP.
If you cannot find the WPA2 as a standard choice, you might need to update your router’s firmware.
On my Netgear router it looks like that:
Use a random password, something that it would be hard to be cracked via a dictionary attack. In general the longer a password is, the more difficult it is to be cracked.
Depending on your Operating System, you may or may not be required to configure the Wi-Fi settings manually. What you should be looking for is again the WPA2 protocol, combined with the AES encryption.
You shouldn’t choose the TKIP encryption as the WPA/TKIP combination was the one which has been cracked.
Here is a quick guide for Windows XP:
Once ready, double-click on the Wi-Fi connection icon, and then click on “Properties” button:
Go to the Wireless Networks tab, select your network and click on “Properties” button:
Select as Network Authentication the “WPA2-PSK” option, and as Data Encryption the “AES” option.