WEP vs WPA vs WP2 vs WPA3

WiFi, short for Wireless Fidelity, is a technology that allows electronic devices like computers, smartphones, smart TVs, and more to connect to the internet wirelessly. It enables us to enjoy the convenience of Bluetooth, real-time streaming, social media, and access to vast amounts of information.

  • WEP: WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) is the original wireless security protocol. It is a weak protocol that is easily cracked by hackers. WEP is no longer considered secure and should not be used.

  • WPA: WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) was developed as a replacement for WEP. It uses a stronger encryption method (TKIP) and is more secure than WEP. However, WPA is still vulnerable to some attacks.

  • WPA2: WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) is the most widely used wireless security protocol. It uses the strongest encryption method (AES) and is not vulnerable to any known attacks. WPA2 is the recommended security protocol for most networks.

  • WPA3: WPA3 is the latest wireless security protocol. It builds on the security of WPA2 and adds new features to improve security, such as better protection against offline dictionary attacks and stronger authentication. WPA3 is not yet widely supported by routers, but it is the future of wireless security.