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WiFi networks are poised to see enhanced security protections this year after the Wi-Fi Alliance introduced the WPA3 protocol on Monday.

An exploit known as KRACK, disclosed last year, allowed attackers to take advantage of vulnerabilities in the WiFi WPA2 security protocol to view users’ data traffic and intercept passwords, emails and other encrypted data.

New features of the updated protocol include “robust protections” for passwords, even when they are weak, and a simplified security configuration for devices with limited or no display interface, such as Internet of Things gadgets.

Individualized data encryption will also be provided for devices connected to open networks.

WPA3 will use a 192-bit security suite aligned with the Commercial National Security Algorithm (CNSA) Suite, which the Wi-Fi Alliance said will further protect government, defense and industrial networks that have higher security needs.

“WiFi security technologies may live for decades, so it’s important they are continually updated to ensure they meet the needs of the WiFi industry,” Joe Hoffman of SAR Insight & Consulting said in a statement. “WiFi is evolving to maintain its high-level of security as industry demands increase.”

The Wi-Fi Alliance, whose members include Apple, Intel, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Comcast and other tech giants, said the new security features will be available later this year.

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