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Wifi WPA3

WPA3 standard is official

WPA, or Wi-Fi Protected Access, is a standard designed to authenticate wireless devices using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) protocol and is intended to prevent hackers from eavesdropping on your wireless data.

However, in late last year, security researchers uncovered a severe flaw in the current WPA2 protocol, dubbed KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attack), that made it possible for attackers to intercept, decrypt and even manipulate WiFi network traffic.

What is WPA3? What New Security Features WPA3 Offers?

The new security protocol provides some big improvements for Wi-Fi enabled devices in terms of configuration, authentication, and encryption enhancements, making it harder for hackers to hack your Wi-Fi or eavesdrop on your network.

On Monday, the Wi-Fi Alliance launched two flavors of latest security protocol—WPA3-Personal and WPA3-Enterprise—for personal, enterprise, and IoT wireless networks.

Here are some key features provided by the new protocol:

1. Protection Against Brute-Force Attacks

2. WPA3 Forward Secrecy

3. Protecting Public/Open Wi-Fi Networks

4. Strong Encryption for Critical Networks

Wi-Fi Easy Connect

Wi-Fi Easy Connect is a replacement for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), which has been considered insecure.

With the support for Easy Connect, you will be able to pair your smart gadget with the router by simply scanning a QR code with your smartphone to have the Wi-Fi credentials automatically sent to the new smart device.

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It should be noted that both WPA3 and Wi-Fi Easy Connect will not hit the mainstream right away. In fact, it is going to be a many-years-long process that will require new routers and smart gadgets to support WPA3.

Therefore, WPA2 will not stop working any time soon, and devices with WPA3 support will still be able to connect with devices that use WPA2 for the working of your gadgets, but WPA3 support will eventually become mandatory as adoption grows.

WPA3 is set to roll out later this year and is expected to hit mass adoption in late 2019, when it eventually become a requirement for devices to be considered Wi-Fi certified, according to the WiFi Alliance.

Source: https://thehackernews.com/

 

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