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Microsoft Beefs Up Wi-Fi Protection

Microsoft has begun pushing out its May 2019 Windows 10 update, which will flag Wi-Fi networks that are using the outdated and insecure Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) authentication mechanisms.

WEP was introduced in 1997 as part of the original 802.11 Wi-Fi standard; it was superseded in 2003 by Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), which used the TKIP mechanism to strengthen security. TKIP meanwhile became less common in WPA2 (released in 2004), and is nonexistent in WPA3 (released last year).

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