What is WPA2 and why should you be using it?

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What is WPA2 and why should you be using it?

There are lots of potential options for securing your business' wireless LAN but we're going to suggest that one option is critical.

Wireless networking can seem like a confusing mass of options and technical jargon - particularly when it comes to security.

There are lots of potential options for securing your business' wireless LAN but we're going to suggest that one option is critical. Choosing the right encryption option is the best way of ensuring your wireless network is safe from unwanted access and data loss.

Most routers offer four different options for encrypting your wireless network. They are

  • 64-bit WEP
  • 128-bit WEP
  • WPA
  • WPA2

Although WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy the two WEP options should be avoided as WEP can be easily bypassed.

WPA, or WiFi Protected Access, was developed as a stop-gap measure once WEP was compromised but has been superseded by the more effective WPA2.

WPA2 is the wireless security option you should be using to ensure that your business' network is kept safe from unwanted visitors and data thieves. When you create or configure your wireless network use WPA2 and set the password to be something strong that uses a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

Even though WPA2 it is possible to breach a WPA2 network through a brute-force attack the odds of this working are slim and using a strong password helps considerably.

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