Swati Khandelwal reported:

“WPA3 security standard will replace the existing WPA2 that has been around for at least 15 years and widely used by billions of devices every day.

The new security protocol provides some big improvements for Wi-Fi enabled devices in terms of configuration, authentication, and encryption enhancements, making it harder for hackers to hack your Wi-Fi or eavesdrop on your network.

On Monday, the Wi-Fi Alliance launched two flavors of latest security protocol—WPA3-Personal and WPA3-Enterprise—for personal, enterprise, and IoT wireless networks.

Here are some key features provided by the new protocol:

1.) Protection Against Brute-Force Attacks

WPA3 provides enhanced protection against offline brute-force dictionary attacks, making it harder for hackers to crack your WiFi password—even if you choose less complex passwords—by using commonly used passwords over and over again.

2.) WPA3 Forward Secrecy

WPA3 leverages SAE (Simultaneous Authentication of Equals) handshake to offer forward secrecy, a security feature that prevents attackers from decrypting old captured traffic even if they ever learn the password of a network.

3.) Protecting Public/Open Wi-Fi Networks

WPA3 strengthens user privacy in open networks through individualized data encryption, a feature that encrypts the wireless traffic between your device and the Wi-Fi access point to mitigate the risk of Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks. To prevent such passive attacks, WPA3 could add support for Opportunistic Wireless Encryption (OWE).

4.) Strong Encryption for Critical Networks

Using WPA3 Enterprise, critical Wi-Fi networks handling sensitive information (such as government, , and industrial organizations), can protect their Wi-Fi connections with 192-bit encryption.”

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