WPA3 Arrives to Shore Up Wi-Fi Security
Better Security with WPA3
The Wi- Fi Alliance has just introduced a better and more upgraded version of WPA2 – WPA3. WPA3 is a more secure Wi- Fi protocol than the previous WPA2 and comes in two modes, one for personal usage and one for businesses. The Wi- Fi Alliance also introduced Easy Connect for IoT technology. This upgrade by the Wi- Fi Alliance is long overdue with WPA2 being released 14 years previously. The new WPA3 paves the road for more devices that support a higher degree of security than the previously used WPA2.
The new WPA3 standard paves the way for new Wi- Fi security and it comes with a lot of new features such as simplifying Wi- Fi security, increased cryptography usage and better authentication protocols.
Release of the new WPA3 Standard:
The new WPA3 standard comes amidst growing concerns in using the old WPA2 standard which all started last year after a serious flaw with the standard was discovered. Last year a serious flaw that took advantage of WPA2’s four- way handshake to make use of a user’s already in use key to gain access was highlighted.
A more secure way of adding devices with WPA3:
With WPA3 users will get a more secure way of adding in home devices onto a WI- Fi network without the need of a password.
This new method of adding devices onto a home network would use public key cryptography to identify and add devices onto a network. This new method will apparently close up one of the weakest routes in a Wi- Fi network that is prone to hacking.
With this new method with WPA3 there can be no password guessing to get onto a secured network. A key will be given to a device that will be valid only for a particular session so even if access is somehow got, it will be only for one session and not for successive sessions.
Two Modes for WPA3:
WPA3 now supports two modes one for personal usage as well as one for business needs.
The one for personal usage makes use of a password based authentication which presumably provides more security than the previous WPA2 standard. This happens even when users set passwords that don’t normally meet the normal requisite standards.
WPA3 also supports Simultaneous Authentication Equals or SAE for short, which is basically a secure key protocol that is present between devices to provide for better security and which also prevents password guessing attempts made by third parties.
WPA for businesses on the other hand offers security for the transmission of more secure data such as financials and government data. The security provided is equivalent to a 192- bit encryption.
Easy Connect for IoT Devices:
The Wi- Fi Alliance also introduced Wi- Fi Certified Easy Connect which is made specifically for IoT devices with no displays.
With Wi- Fi Easy Connect users can add devices that are display challenged on to a network using a device with a user interface such as a smart phone by scanning a QR code.