Anyone who has ever set up a router is probably familiar with Wireless Protected Access, or WPA encryption. Now the stage is set for WPA3, an improved Wi-Fi security protocol that brings improved security to network devices.
At CES on Monday, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced WPA3, whose improvements will slowly roll out during 2018 in new devices. The Alliance also announced several improvements to the current, but aging WPA2 spec (in place since 2004), to secure it while WPA3-compliant devices move into the market.
WPA's chief improvements include individualized data encryption, so that hackers lurking on public Wi-Fi networks will find it more difficult to listen in on your wireless communications. More importantly, WPA3 also enforces interaction with the network when a password is entered, signalling the hotspot or router that someone is trying to guess your password and enabling limits to be placed on the number of guesses.