WPA3 – the new Wi-Fi security protocol to be launched in 2018

Remember the Krack Wi-Fi vulnerability from October last year that has put all internet users to a dismay? Well, the good news is that it’s very possible we won’t have to go through that risky situation again.

Just a few days ago, during the annual CES event (one of the biggest technology and innovation shows), the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the launch of a new wireless security protocol—Wi-Fi Protected Access WPA3 this year.

WPA3 will replace the current WPA2—the security protocol that all Wi-Fi networks have been using for over 15 years.

Why is WPA2 considered vulnerable?

The main insecurity issue of WPA2 is given by the “unencrypted” open Wi-Fi networks that makes it incredibly easy for anyone who uses the same network to access other devices.

Secondly, one of the WPA2 protocols is that the same password is used by clients and business owners when joining a Wi-Fi network (for instance the clients of a coffee shop and the owner of the coffee shop).

Due to these vulnerabilities, hackers can intercept Wi-Fi traffic and steal online data quite effortlessly.

In what way is WPA3 going to be safer?

  1. Improved user privacy

WPA3 will increase users’ privacy when they connect to open Wi-Fi networks (such as those in cafes, restaurants, etc.) by introducing individualized data encryption.

      2. Higher security standard

The future Wi-Fi security protocol will introduce a 192-bit security suite for increased protection; the 192-bit procedure is a security requirement used by governments and big industrial organizations.

      3. Protection on IoT devices

Wi-Fi Alliance, which is composed of 15 major tech companies (including Apple, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm and more) stated that WPA3 will also offer smoother security for IoT devices.

      4. New handshake protocol

WPA3 standard will use a new handshake protocol, which will be far less vulnerable to dictionary attacks (the method hackers use of exhausting all possible password possibilities).

Transition from WPA2 to WPA3 could take a while

WPA3 won’t come into force until in a few months. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi Alliance said it will continue to optimize WPA2 since it was the target of severe attacks.

Regardless of WPA2 or WPA3, you should always secure your Wi-Fi network with the help of a VPN, simply to supplement the protection of your data.

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Dana Vioreanu
Dana Vioreanu

Even though her degree is in Sociology, which technically has nothing to do with writing, all her previous jobs implied working for websites, taking care of content and writing articles.
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