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Wi-Fi Encryption Fix Not Perfect

The only surprise in this bit of news is that it took so long to come out. It seems that the replacement for WEP encryption on WiFi devices, WPA has its own security problems. It’s certainly better than WEP if you want to protect your access point, but it’s especially susceptible to denial of service attacks, making it incredibly easy to shut down. In all honesty, this isn’t a very big deal. The article points out some horror story situations under which it could be a problem (a company shutting down a competitor’s wireless network), but for your average user, this really is not too important. Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of more problems with WPA over the next few months. The simple fact is, there’s never going to be a “perfect” encryption scheme for WiFi.

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