Wi-Fi technology finally gets a security update after 10 years

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Gadgets Now Bureau | Jun 27, 2018, 07.00AM IST

Every device that connects to a Wi-Fi network has been using the same WP2 security protocol for the last 10 years. Now, Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry body that certifies Wi-Fi enabled gadgets, has now introduced certifications for the new WP3 security protocol. In other words, Wi-Fi devices will now offer WP3 security protocol which makes it harder for hackers to guess your Wi-Fi password.

WPA3 protocol adds new features to simplify Wi-Fi security and delivers increased cryptographic strength. The introduction WP3 doesn’t mean that your old Wi-Fi devices will stop working. The older WPA2 protocol-based devices will continue to interoperate. The WPA3 security comes in two forms–WPA3-Personal and WPA3-Enterprise.

WPA3-Personal vs WPA3-Enterprise

WPA3-Personal: It offers password-based authentication even when users choose passwords that fall short of typical complexity recommendations. The WPA3 uses ‘Simultaneous Authentication of Equals’ (SAE) establishment protocol between devices, to provide stronger protection for users against password guessing attempts by third parties.

WPA3-Enterprise: It offers the equivalent of 192-bit cryptographic strength, providing additional protections for networks transmitting sensitive data, such as government or finance. The 192-bit security suite ensures a consistent combination of cryptographic tools are deployed across WPA3 networks.

“WPA3 takes the lead in providing the industry’s strongest protections in the ever-changing security landscape. WPA3 continues the evolution of Wi-Fi security and maintains the brand promise of Wi-Fi Protected Access,” said Edgar Figueroa, President and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance in a press statement.

Wi-Fi Alliance has also introduced its Wi-Fi certified Easy Connect programme that aims to reduce the complexity of onboarding Wi-Fi devices with limited or no display interface. The Wi-Fi Easy Connect enables users to securely add any device to a Wi-Fi network using another device like a smartphone by simply scanning a product quick response (QR) code.

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