There’s a new standard for securing Wi-Fi connections, and it’s called WPA3.
Here’s what that means for you: new Wi-Fi routers will come with stronger protections for the data that flows between your computers, phones or smart home devices and your internet connection.
It will also boost security in workplace Wi-Fi networks with changes to the way wireless works on enterprise networks.
The Wi-Fi Alliance, a partnership of tech companies that hashes out the protocol for Wi-Fi, announced some of these features earlier in 2018. On Monday, the organization announced the protocol has been finalized.
To better secure Wi-Fi users, the new protocol will make it harder to run a common hacking attack on your personal wireless network.
It’s called an offline dictionary based attack, and it allows hackers to make endless guesses as to what your Wi-Fi password is.
That often relies on software that tries combinations of characters, words and even common passwords to break into accounts.
WPA3 is available on new routers certified by the Wi-Fi alliance, and it’s up to individual vendors whether to install the protocol on existing routers with a software update.
WPA3 replaces Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, more commonly called WPA2, which was first introduced 14 years ago in 2004. Security problems in WPA2 cropped up occasionally in that time, reminding us that unsecured Wi-Fi is bad news.