What is WiFi Protected Access (WPA)?

What is WPA?

WPA stands for WiFi-protected Access,  It is wired equivalent privacy(WEP) technology that has been superseded by WPA, or WiFi-protected access, which is a network security standard that is currently required for wireless networks to safeguard them through encryption and authentication. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the president at the time, established the Work Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935 as a way to increase employment and the purchasing power of Americans with low incomes. The WPA, which was put into place during the height of the great depression, sought to eradicate high unemployment by employing millions of skilled and unskilled people in a variety of activities ranging from manufacturing and art to the building of public buildings and infrastructure.

In order for WPA to ensure that WiFi networks are secure user must enter a password for authentication. It is compatible with dial-in remote authentication servers(RADIUS) and authentication servers. Better data encryption is an additional benefit it has over WEP. 

Features of Wired Protected Access(WPA)

  • It is an advanced Encryption standard
  • Built-in Authentication allows user access without the need for a password
  • Temporan key integrity protocol(TKIP) encryption was created via the WiFi alliance and IEEE 802.
  • A security improvement for WEP encryption, which is used on wireless networks, is the message integrity check.