Are outdated Wi-Fi adapters secure?

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Hello, My father-in-law has an old outdated Wi-Fi adapter. I'm worried about security risks with it. Should I be concerned? Does it have a security risk? Thank you.
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The adapter is not necessarily what’s at risk. There could be patches/firmware updates for it and you could search the model online to see if that’s the case. The big thing is whether it supports reasonable wireless security protocols. The minimum should be WPA (version 1) pre-shared key. WPA2 is ideal.

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  • TheRealRaven
    Impossible to say without knowing details of what the adapter is and if any internals have been updated. Also, what security protocols does it support? Perhaps most important, what security is really needed?
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  • ToddN2000
    It all depends on what protocols are on the current adapter. How old and what make and model is it? If he is not doing a lot of things on line using personal info, like banking, he may be ok. Thing are constantly evolving so who know what exploits / hack may be out there.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    An old/outdated Wi-Fi adapter might work, if it supports to update its firmware. First of all check its firmware version & link the manufacturer's official website/support page & check if there is any update available or support for that. If the manufacturer ends support for that particular product/ model, then it is better not to use. However, generally risks depend where the product is being used/ what environment is there.
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