WiFi security is getting a big overhaul with WPA3

Gadgets including smartphones and laptops have been using the same old school safety protocol for over a decade now. But the good news is that WiFi security is going to enhance. The Wi-Fi Alliance, which oversees the adoption of the WiFi commonplace, is certifying products that support WPA3, the successor to the WPA2 safety protocol.

The brand new protocol supplies a variety of extra protections for gadgets. Many companies have already announced their support, including Qualcomm, which has already made a chip for phones and tablets that support 802.11ax and WPA3. In 2020 WPA3 will be standard.

Features of WPA3

Safer Guest Hotspot usage

This feature is designed to provide a simple way for public and guest WLANs to be encrypted and secure without the need for a personal VPN. Without a pre-configured password, client devices and access points will be able to create a one-time use Pairwise Master Key (PMK), replacing the most common current use of “Open” wireless security. which means that your individual connection to an open wireless network will be encrypted, even if that network is not protected by a password. This is a very big and absolutely necessary change for WiFi security.

New handshake Tech

The old WPA2 security has been proven vulnerable to hardware-level attacks and password vulnerabilities. To help prevent new vulnerabilities from affecting WPA, the updated standard uses a new type of handshake that adds extra protection against password-crackers and similar brute force types of hacking.

192-bit security suite

It’s extra-advanced security that uses CNSA (Commercial National Security Algorithm). That means it meets requirements for high-level government work, defense agencies, and super secret industrial projects. Basically, those organizations will be freer to use Wi-Fi networks with the new standard.

Easy Connect

Along with the beginning of WPA3 certification, the Alliance is also introducing a non-obligatory characteristic named as Simple Join or Easy Connect. It supposedly Easy Connect to simplify the method of connecting home devices to your router, which could be difficult as they don’t have screens or buttons on them. WPA2 was primarily designed to work with traditional mobile devices like phones and laptops-devices with screens you could use to input passwords and control wireless settings. But now we have a vast crop of smart devices that don’t have their own screens for inputs, so with Easy Connect, they will also go through encryption.



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