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Safe! (For Now)

A band-aid for your security until the real thing comes along

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This story appears in the March 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Wireless computer networks based on the 802.11b and 802.11astandards are fast, cheap--and easy to hack. More-secure 802.11ihardware is at least a year away. But an interim specification fromthe Wi-Fi Alliance standards body called Wi-Fi Protected Access(WPA) should make it tougher for airborne invaders to crack Wi-Finetworks.

WPA offers better ways to filter out unauthorized users andstiffens encryption to block snoopers from reading interceptedmessages. Unlike some proprietary solutions, WPA encryption worksacross all brands of equipment.

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