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Wi-Fi Alliance introduces new WPA3 protection protocol against security breaches discovered last year

You certainly remember when, last year, the world went wild with the discovery of the so-called KRACK, a security breach in the WPA2 security protocol (used by the vast majority of the password-protected Wi-Fi networks in the world).

Connected equipment manufacturers were quick to ?plug the hole?, but even so, the Wi-Fi Alliance (the international organization responsible for the development of technology) today announced a new, more robust and, hopefully, more fail-safe protocol: I am talking about the WPA3.

The benefits brought by the protocol, which is still under development, are understandably focused on security. For example, it has 192-bit encryption in line with the security algorithm of the National Security Systems Committee; in addition, WPA3 will provide a stronger protection for networks with passwords considered ?weak?, since several attempts followed by login will eventually be blocked by the technology (thus preventing the famous attack by gross force).

The new protocol will also benefit users who connect to open networks, such as airports or coffee shops, due to a new individualized encryption that makes the process of data invasion or interception much more difficult. Finally, the developers of WPA3 also have a mission to simplify the configuration of networks on devices with a limited or nonexistent user interface, such as printers or Wi-Fi speakers, but there is no further detail regarding this part of the novelty, however.

The bad part of this whole story, of course, is that existing devices will be left out of the party: only new routers and receiver devices (computers, smartphones, tablets and any other electronics that connect to Wi-Fi networks ie almost everything) launched with support for the protocol benefiting from the benefits, so it will be a gradual transition until we are all fully immersed in this new layer of security. But it is worth waiting for a while, right?

via 9to5Mac