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Wireless Security – New WPA3 Wi-Fi standards announcement

A new WPA3 Wi-Fi standard is being developed which will strengthen wireless security controls in future devices

http://www.zdnet.com/article/wpa3-wireless-standard-tougher-wifi-security-revealed/

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.

One of the key improvements in WPA3 will aim to solve a common security problem: open Wi-Fi networks. Seen in coffee shops and airports, open Wi-Fi networks are convenient but unencrypted, allowing anyone on the same network to intercept data sent from other devices.

WPA3 employs individualized data encryption, which scramble the connection between each device on the network and the router, ensuring secrets are kept safe and sites that you visit haven’t been manipulated.

Another key improvement in WPA3 will protect against brute-force dictionary attacks, making it tougher for attackers near your Wi-Fi network to guess a list of possible passwords. The new wireless security protocol will also block an attacker after too many failed password guesses.

WPA2, the current incarnation of the wireless security standard since 2004, uses a four-way handshake to securely allows new devices with a pre-shared password to join a network. The newer WPA3 will use a newer kind of handshake, Mathy Vanhoef, a computer security academic, told ZDNet, which will “not be vulnerable to dictionary attacks.”

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