As Wi-Fi gets secured with WPA3 security protections. Users will no longer get worried over public or private connectivity hack as Wi-Fi Alliance has assured. WPA3 is a new standard of Wi-Fi security features for users and service providers. It was shocking late last year after research reviewed that all modern system using the WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol is Vulnerable to KRACK. The WPA2 was the industry standard for almost two decades. Hackers later found a way to eavesdrop on supposedly secured information sent over its protocol.
The WPA3 Security Standard
“WPA” stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access. The new Wi-Fi protocol uses 192-bit encryption to secure open Wi-Fi networks and individualized information encryption for each user. This simply means that the relationship between your device and the router is scrambled. And activities done on the network can’t be peeped on. Notwithstanding, new devices will have to meet its standard before it’ll be branded with the “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ WPA3™” logo.
Features of WPA3 Wi-Fi Standard
The Wi-Fi Alliances which comprises a community of businesses like Apple, Microsoft, Qualcomm etc. Stated that the WPA3 must meet a four features standard.
1. Privacy on Public Wi-Fi Networks
All open Wi-Fi networks found in public places like schools, hotels, airports, libraries are a security mess. And the individual devices connected must be encrypted against snooping. This is fixed by using “individual data encryption” and will make public open Wi-Fi networks much more private. Furthermore, it’ll make it impossible for people to snoop on your device without actually cracking the encryption.
2. Protection Against Brute-Force Attacks
Devices trying to connect to a Wi-Fi access point must ensure it uses the correct passphrase known as “handshake”. The 2017 KRACK attack prove the flaws in WPA2 security standard. But nevertheless, WPA2 devices were later fixed with software updates. The WPA3 standard defines a new handshake. It’ll provide robust protections even when users choose passwords that fall short of typical complexity recommendations. Hence, even if you’re using a weak password, the WPA3 standard will protect you against any brute-force attacks.
3. Easier Connection Process For Devices Without Displays
Until recently, Wi-Fi enabled electronics with little or no display interface continue to grow and trend. The WPA3 is bringing a feature that promises to simplify the process of configuring security for such devices. They include and not limited to Google Home, smart fridges, Amazon Echo, and light bulbs found in the home. They can seemly connect to a Wi-Fi and be protected under the WPA3 security protocol.
4. Secured Wi-Fi for Government, Defense, and Industrial Applications
This feature will be used by Government and large organization. Therefore, gadget users don’t really need to be concern about it. The Wi-Fi Alliance also announced a 192-bit security suite which is intended for government, defense and industrial applications. And will protect its network from domestic or foreign espionage.
The Way Forward
As stated by the Wi-Fi Alliance, devices must be certified for WPA3 to roll out these features. Nevertheless, they must apply for and be granted the “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ WPA3™” logo. On that note, even when you get a WPA3-enabled router. You’ll also need a WPA3-compatible client device such as your laptop, phone or anything else that connect to Wi-Fi to fully take advantage of these new features. The good news is, the same router can accept both WPA2 and WPA3 connections at the same time. And until WPA3 is widespread and WPA2 devices are obsolete. Then we can have devices with WPA3 security standard only.
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