WPA3: What is it?

Dec 6, 2018

The Wi-Fi Alliance has begun certifying devices like wireless routers and chipsets for WPA3. So, the next time you need a router for your home or office, chances are you’ll purchase a WPA3-certified device. Let’s learn a little bit about the new technology and what is has to offer.

WPA3 means more stability and security in your wireless connections. (Source: TechAdvisor)

What is WPA3?

WPA3 is simply the newest generation of Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security, and it provides encryption for your device’s connection to the wireless access point. Resilient encryption keeps hackers from seeing the data you transfer over Wi-Fi. For example, the password for your wireless network uses WPA security.

What’s New?

Version 3 introduces some new security features that weren’t available in WPA2, released back in 2004.

Brute-force protection keeps potentially harmful devices off your network by stopping hackers from trying passwords over and over and over again until they find the right one. This could be broken on WPA2, but the new update adds robust protection.

Ever try to connect a smart lightbulb to your wireless network? Oh, boy. The “Internet of Things” includes a lot of devices without displays, and WPA3 claims to make it easier to connect them. We don’t know specifics yet, but we’ve heard that a button on the wireless router will allow automatic scanning for new devices. Time will tell on this much-needed feature!

Public Wi-Fi networks are convenient, but terrifying. Your information is out there in the open with zero encryption. WPA3 adds what they call “individualized data encryption.” All of the data transferred between your device and the public wireless access point will be encrypted on an individual basis. Finally, we can use public Wi-Fi without risking our financial and personal security!

WPA3 isn’t the most exciting upgrade to come to recent technology, but it’s necessary. Technology has changed a lot since 2004, so why are we still relying on security from back then? The new features won’t noticeably affect your wireless experience, but you can rest easier knowing that your data is a bit safer than it was before.