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WPA3 protocol will make public Wi-Fi hotspots a lot more secure

By midian182 ยท 6 replies
Jan 9, 2018
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  1. Connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots can pose an element of risk, but the next generation of wireless security standard will make logging on to open networks a lot safer. The Wi-Fi Alliance has revealed that the near 15-year-old WPA2 security protocol is to be replaced by WPA3.

    The organization, which counts Apple, Samsung, and Intel among its members, made the announcement at CES yesterday. WPA3 improvements include individualized data encryption, which should strengthen privacy in open networks and provide almost as much security as a home network.

    The protocol will also protect against brute-force dictionary attacks, stopping hackers from trying to guess every possible combination of a password. And, like a smartphone, WPA3 will block someone after a certain number of guesses.

    Another advantage of WPA3 is the way it can protect notoriously insecure IoT devices, which often have no display for configuring security settings. With WPA3, other devices such as phones and tablets can be used to configure your smart home products.

    The move away from WPA2 will likely be a welcome one. Back in October, security researchers discovered severe security issues in the protocol. KRACK, short for Key Reinstallation AttaCK, exploited vulnerabilities in the four-way handshake of WPA2 that takes place when a client wants to join a protected Wi-Fi network.

    WPA3 should arrive sometime this year, and while it won’t make public hotspots 100 percent secure, it should mean that connecting to hotel or coffee shop’s Wi-Fi becomes less of a worry.

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  2. Wizwill

    Wizwill TS Booster Posts: 102   +48

    Will this 'new' protocol be able to be implemented on older hardware and network devices or require wholesale replacement of phones, routers, hot-spots etc?

    Wait, Karnak says.....
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  3. cmolinap

    cmolinap TS Rookie

    That's the true point. If it is not possible to implement it in all the existing equipment and that they are coming out this year, it will not serve anything.
  4. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 403   +430

    Recent model routers are likely to have firmware updates made available, once the standard is implemented. I don't trust any company when it comes to updating, though.
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,056   +1,317

    Exactly...just use (minus Apple & Google ) the smartphone. Why update it when you can talk people
    into just throwing them away and buying a new one.
  6. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,397   +303

    Can WPA3 be applied to old devices via firmware update or is this going to be present only in upcoming devices?

    edit: LOL. question was already asked in post #1.
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    WPA3 is firmware or hardware solution? Chipset WPA2 or is it not? But if it's not then way to many routers and hardware devices already has WPA2 implemented in there. I doubt WPA3 will be standard so quickly. Everyone is using WPA2 and shouldn't be using WEP oops!

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