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Tech Terms: WPA2 Encryption & Why You Should Use It

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, I've Always Wanted To Know..., Security Help
 
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All About WPA2 Encryption and Why It’s Important

You’ve probably heard the term “WPA2 encryption” in passing, but you may not be sure what it is. When you first signed up for Internet, you either leased a router from your internet provider or bought one yourself. If you set up your internet so that your Wi-Fi requires a password, you enabled encryption. Encryption is the process of making information unrecognizable to those who do not possess the correct access to make information more secure. WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access Version 2) is a form of encryption that provides strong security, making your internet connection safer and more secure.

Entering The Router Password

Why You Should Encrypt Your Connection

If you don’t secure your network with encryption, your internet connection is open to vulnerabilities like hackers and neighbors using your WiFi. If you notice that download speeds are slower or that movies take longer to stream, it might be because uninvited guests are using your internet.

While you may get innocent parties trying to avoid paying for internet, you also allow others to do great harm, such as stealing your online identity. Don’t leave the door open for this type of behavior and protect yourself by encrypting your wireless connection.

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Why WPA2 is The Best Type of Encryption

WPA2 isn’t the only form of encryption—WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WEP (Wireless Encryption protocol) are two other kinds. WPA2, however, is one of the most up-to-date and secure forms of encryption.

While WEP and WPA both exist as encryption options, they are not recommended. Both have vulnerabilities that make them an easy target for hackers. WPA2 is a superior form of encryption because it comes with two stronger encryption and authentication measures; AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and CCMP (Counter Mode with Cipher Block Chaining Message Authentication Code Protocol).

While securing your internet connection with WPA2 encryption is an important step to take, don’t let your guard down. Stay safe online by using these four handy security tools.

~ Alice Williams

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