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Wi-Fi Security Getting an Upgrade – It's Been 14 Years

Wi-Fi Security Getting an Upgrade – It's Been 14 Years
Wi-Fi security is getting an upgrade. (Bacho12345/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 05:50 PM

Wi-Fi security is getting a much-needed upgrade after more than a decade since its last.

The Wi-Fi Alliance, which oversees the standards for wireless fidelity, or Wi-Fi, announced Monday the rollout of WPA3 security protocol, an update to the 14-year-old WPA2.

With WPA3 protocols in place, it will be more difficult for hackers to obtain your Wi-Fi password by making repeated guesses.

“With WPA3, attackers are only supposed to be able to make a single guess against that offline data before it becomes useless,” The Verge reported. “They’ll instead have to interact with the live Wi-Fi device every time they want to make a guess.”

Even in the event hackers get your password, certain types of data will be unavailable to them thanks to “forward secrecy,” which is a “feature that prevents older data from being compromised by a later attack,” The Verge said.

But getting the new security features won’t be an overnight, automatic process. It could take years. Users will need to acquire a WPA3-ready router and wireless devices — phones, computers, and tablets.

Eventually, before the Wi-Fi Alliance certifies a wireless device, it will have to be WPA3 compliant, but that’s currently not mandatory.

Reaction to the new Wi-Fi security measures were mixed on social media.

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