WiFi Alliance Announces WPA3 for Tighter WiFi Security
The WiFi Alliance today said it is undertaking new efforts to secure the experience and use of WiFi. The organization plans to enhance the existing WPA2 standard to further reduce potential vulnerabilities. WPA2 will continue to be deployed across devices for the foreseeable future. The WiFi Alliance also plans four new capabilities for personal and enterprise WiFi security this year as part of WiFi Certified WPA3. One core feature will be stronger protections even when users choose weak passwords. Moreover, WPA3 will simplify the process of securing access points that don't have a display or interface. The forthcoming standard will provide individualized data encryption to protect data as it moves from computers, tablets, and phones to access points. Last, WPA3 will include a 192-bit security suite to help businesses and governments adopt the highest levels of protection.
Google Gives Nexus Phones Access to WiFi Assistant
Google this week made its WiFi Assistant feature available to all Nexus devices. The tool is a direct carryover from Google's Project Fi.
Qualcomm Drops 802.11ax WiFi Modem with WPA3 Security for Phones
Qualcomm today announced the WCN3998, a pre-standard 802.11ax WiFi radio for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. Qualcomm says the WCN3998 is faster, more power efficient, and more secure than previous designs.
Researchers Say WiFi Vulnerability Impacts Nearly Everything
Researchers say they've found a serious gap in the WPA2 security protocol that can allow hackers to use k ey r einstallation a tta cks (KRACKs) to compromise most WiFi devices. The researchers say the method allows hackers to read encrypted information transiting via WiFi, including passwords, emails, photos, credit card numbers, and more.
C Spire Boosts WiFi Hotspot Access for iPhones
C Spire Wireless today expanded its WiFi On service to iOS devices, allowing its iPhone customers to more easily connect to some 20 million WiFi hotspots around the country. The WiFi On app is already available to Android handsets.
WiFi Alliance Promises Faster WiFi Is On the Horizon
The WiFi Alliance today announced an expansion of its WiFi Certified ac program in an attempt to boost the speed and capacity of WiFi routers and other WiFi-equipped devices. Specifically, devices won't receive WiFi Certified ac status unless they make improvements to several core functions.