Tag: WiFi security

➤ What is the best type of WiFi security?
Many times it happens that the owner of a router does not know how to configure the WiFi network properly. Having a wireless network open so that anyone can connect, poses a great risk to computer security. When it is allowed that anyone who is near the router (for example, a neighbor or any hacker) can freely access the WiFi network, all transmitted data are at risk of being copied or hacked.
To make your home's WiFi network safer you can follow the following easy-to-configure tips.
Most routers allow various WiFi security options such as WPA2-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES) and WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES). What's the best?

➤ a little history of WiFi security standards:
WPA2 certification appeared on the market from the year 2004, and since the year 2006, WPA2 certification became compulsory. Any device manufactured after 2006 with "Wi-Fi" certification and logo must obligatorily support WPA2 encryption.

➤ Here we order the security types less secure to more safe.

Open. No WiFi security. Open WiFi networks have no password. Anyone can enter and do any wrongdoing through your connection to interrnet. It is not recommended under any circumstances.

WEP 64 (Very dangerous): The old standard of WEP protocol is vulnerable and in few minutes you can find out the password with a WiFi key hacker software.
WEP 128 (Dangerous): This is WEP, but with a larger encryption key size. Just as easy to hack as WEP 64.
WPA-PSK (TKIP) (normal): uses the original version of the WPA protocol (essentially WPA1).
WPA-PSK (AES) (normal): Uses the original WPA protocol, but replaces TKIP with the most modern AES encryption.
WPA2-PSK (TKIP) (secure): uses the current WPA2 standard with old TKIP encryption. This is not safe at 100% but it is a good idea if you have old devices that cannot connect to a WPA2-PSK (AES) network.
WPA2-PSK (AES) (very secure): This combination of WPA2 + encrypted AES is the one that currently has the best WiFi security. It uses WPA2, the latest standard of WiFi encryption and the latest AES encryption protocol. It is recommended that you always use this option.
WPA/WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) (very secure): Some modern and high-end router offer this mixed-mode security option. This option allows both WPA and WPA2, both with TKIP and AES. This provides maximum compatibility with any old device that you can have at the same time that it is secure.

➤ Conclusion:
If you have a modern router that allows WPA2 with TKIP or AES encryption, it is safer to choose AES, which is considered the best WiFi security of the moment, so most of your devices will work with WPA2-AES is also faster and more secure.

WiFI Security Concepts Dictionary
WEP: (Wired Equivalent Privacy), WEP is the oldest standard and has proven to be vulnerable as more and more security vulnerabilities have been discovered.
WPA: WiFi Protected Access (WPA) and WiFi Protected Access II (WPA2) are the main security algorithms you will see when configuring a wireless network. WPA improved security, but is now also considered vulnerable to intrusion. WPA2, although not perfect, is currently the safest option. The Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) and Advanced encryption Standard (AES) are the two types of encryption you can use on WPA2-protected networks. Let's take a look at their differences and which one is best for you.
TKIP/AES: The TKIP and AES encryption types can be used by a WiFi network. TKIP is actually an older encryption protocol introduced with WPA to replace the WEP encryption that was very insecure at the time. The TKIP encryption type is actually quite similar to WEP.
AES is the safest encryption protocol introduced with WPA2. Appeared as a world standard of very serious encryption that has even been adopted to encrypt hard disks. AES is generally considered quite safe, and the main weaknesses would be brute force attacks (avoided by using a strong password).
AES is the new WiFi encryption solution used by the new and secure WPA2 standard. While WPA2 is supposed to use AES for optimal security, you can also use TKIP where you need backward compatibility with legacy devices. In this case, devices that support WPA2 will connect to WPA2 and the devices that support WPA will connect to WPA.
PSK means "pre-shared Key" – for encryption password.