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The Wi-Fi Alliance has finalised the new WLAN standard WPA3 and extended its WLAN specifications. Building on WPA2, this new standard is to bring more security for organisations and end users.

The Wi-Fi Alliance introduced WPA3 at the beginning of the year already, and now this new standard to secure and encrypt WLAN networks is officially launching.

WPA3 corrects a few errors and offers new functionality. It will for instance become easier to connect devices without a screen of their own to your own WLAN network (the technology involved is called «Wi-Fi Easy Connect»). To do so, you simply use your smartphone to scan in a QR code on the device packaging.

The most important new feature though is that WPA3 will also reliably protect you if users employ simple passwords such as «123456». To this end, use is made of the so-called SAE process (Simultaneous Authentication of Equals) which improves security when two devices exchange keys.

It will certainly take some time still for the first new devices supporting WPA3 to appear in the market. When acquiring new network-related equipment though, you should still consider this new standard, too.

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