Windows 10 will stop supporting unsafe Wi-Fi networks

Since May 1903 update, Windows 10 will notify users about risks, associated with connection to some Wi-Fi networks.

T he case is about networks that work on WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) and TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) standards.

“You might see a notification that tells you that you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network that’s not secure because it uses an older security standard. For example, this can occur if you connect to a Wi-Fi network that uses WEP or TKIP for security. These security standards are older and have known flaws”, — inform Windows 10 developers.

These protocols used for establishment of protected and encrypted Wi-Fi connections, however, several years ago they were considered outdated and not safe enough, so, hacking connection that uses WEP and TKIP, would not be a big deal.

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How Windows 10 will notify users about this vulnerability, proposing them two variants of problem-solving: disable unsafe network and search for better alternative, or update router’s settings and protect connection with a modern method, for example, with the use of WPA3.

Besides, according to official documentation, developers plan to stop developing functionality, linked with WEP and TKIP. So, in future support of these two decisions will stop, and users are recommended to use routers that support AES, WPA2 and WPA3.

“If you have an older router or access point, you could also consider getting a newer router that supports the latest security standards and improvements”, — advice in Microsoft.


Daniel Zimmermann

Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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