Claims made that users of WiFi do not use secure tools as private pre-shared key solution is launched

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WiFi users are not utilising tools to make their connections safe.

WiFi users are not utilising tools to make their connections safe.


Speaking at the UK introduction of Aerohive Networks' private pre-shared key (PSK) solution, vice president of product marketing Adam Conway claimed that there are tools to make WiFi safe, but people are not applying it.

Private PSK
enables guest, legacy and hard-to-manage wireless LAN clients to utilise strong encryption and authentication without the cost and complexity of WPA/WPA2 Enterprise (802.1X), or where 802.1X is not technically feasible.


“With Private PSK everyone gets their own key, you can't eavesdrop on each other and it enables authentication and multiple policies,” said Conway.


Aerohive claimed that it provides substantially better WiFi security and management than the WPA/WPA2 Personal (PSK) framework, that it claimed was inadequate, while leveraging existing client investments and reducing operational costs.


David Flynn, chief executive officer at Aerohive, said: “Unfortunately, the wholesale migration to 802.1X is inhibited by the cost of upgrading legacy clients, the deployment complexity of 802.1X, and the inability of guest networks to work with it.”

Conway claimed that this helps to avoid the problem of completely changing the keys when someone leaves the company.


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