WPA2-certified Wi-Fi toughens security

Thursday, 2 September 2004, 12:16 AM EST

The first products certified to support Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), the latest wireless security technology, were announced by the Wi-Fi Alliance on Wednesday.

The Wi-Fi Alliance says that WPA2 is a big improvement on earlier wireless security standards such as Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which hackers have found easy to circumvent. It includes Advanced Encryption Standard, a strong encryption standard supporting 128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit keys.

Because WPA2 is compatible with WPA, companies who have already implemented WPA can upgrade to the new standard in stages.

By Graeme Wearden at ZDNet.

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