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Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

New Wi-Fi protocol WPA3 to increase security

New Wi-Fi protocol WPA3 to increase security

"Security is a foundation of Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs, and we are excited to introduce new features to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED family of security solutions", said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance.

And it will make it much harder for hackers to snoop on your connection to a public Wi-Fi hotspot - the often-unsecured free public connections offered by libraries, businesses and hotels - by setting a unique encrypted data channel for each individual user on a network, according to the alliance.

The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry body made up of device makers including Apple, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, announced Monday its next-generation wireless network security standard, WPA3. Now the stage is set for WPA3, an improved Wi-Fi security protocol that brings improved security to network devices. Well, Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef gave the WiFi Protected Access (WPA) standard a huge kick in the ass last fall when it disclosed details about KRACK, a vulnerability in the WPA2 WiFi protocol used by billions of devices.

WPA3, anticipated to emerge later this year, will include four new security features.

While it didn't disclose technical details, the group said WPA3 will include protections for networks with weak passwords and a feature making it easier for devices without screens, like locks or light bulbs, to be configured by gadgets such as smartphones or tablets.

The new protocol will limit the number of attempts you have.

Wi-Fi networks are great for networking because everything is connected without a mess of cables.

WPA3 will also eliminate the possiblity of brute-force dictionary attacks. Finally, a 192-bit security suite, aligned with the Commercial National Security Algorithm (CNSA) Suite from the Committee on National Security Systems, will seek to further protect Wi-Fi networks with higher security requirements such as government, defence, and industrial sectors.

The second is the ability to use nearby WiFi-enabled devices as the configuration panel for other devices.

The WPA3 will be launched in 2018 and it could take few months for device manufacturers to support the new wireless security standard.

Is your Wi-Fi password your name followed by 12345?

The Alliance has also rolled out a new suite of features aiming to simply Wi-Fi security configuration for users and service providers.

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