It has been rather some time since I have updated this blog, however today, I have discovered something spectacular to bring me back to it; Wi-Fi is finally getting an update! Wi-Fi has been using the same security settings and protocols for over 10 years, and through it all, there have been numerous data breaches and privacy concerns. With the introduction to WPA3, there are many improvements that will begin to be included in Wi-Fi devices.
One of the most significant updates is making passwords more challenging to guess or decipher with brute force attacks (utilizing a program to automatically generate guesses for a password). In the current world of the IoT (Internet of Things), Wi-Fi enabled devices connect everything we have come to love, and many of these contain valuable personal information that could be disastrous is fallen into the wrong hands. WPA3 makes it so when offline, only a single attempt at gaining access to Wi-Fi data is allowed. Additionally, gaining unauthorized access to old data being compromised is prevented using “forward secrecy.” This feature ensures that even if a password is cracked, one will only be able to seize information which is currently flowing.
Just as with WPA2, WPA3 will undergo further changes and updates throughout the years. Easy Connect, another update with WPA3, simplifies connecting the many smart devices we all use to routers, scanning a QR code or using a smartphone with the proper credentials. While this is very stimulating, it is good to remember that unless your current Wi-Fi device supports a WPA3 update, a new WPA3 Wi-Fi-enabled device must be purchased.