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Tougher Security with WPA3

New Wi-Fi technology vows to keep your traffic private even on a public network.

New Wi-Fi technology vows to keep your traffic private even on a public network.

The Wi-Fi Alliance – the organisation which sets the standard for Wi-Fi safety – has unveiled a new security protocol called WPA3.

WPA3 is the successor to the WPA2 technology, that you often see when signing on to a new Wi-Fi network and protects nearly every modern phone, computer and router on a network.

The improvements block people from guessing your passwords, as well as securing both your traffic and connected gadgets within the internet of things (IoT).

Kevin Robinson, the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Vice President of Marketing, said the public can expect to see WPA3 arrive in early 2018.

He added: "It's really a lot about simplification and the user not needing to think about security under the hood,"

WPA3 hopes to create a much more secure connection without the complications that come with locking down your network.

With WPA3, Robinson said the encryption would be built in the open network, providing every person who uses it a secure and private channel that other people can’t spy on.

The third major change coming with WPA3, is better security for IoT devices with no displays, like smart lightbulbs or doorbells. IoT devices are notorious for their lack of security, often because owners don’t have many options to adjust the settings.

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