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Opportunistic Wireless Encryption

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Screenshot of Android Wi-Fi configuration with the Security set to "Enhanced Open"

Opportunistic Wireless Encryption (OWE) is a Wi-Fi standard which ensures that the communication between each pair of endpoints is protected from other endpoints. Unlike conventional Wi-Fi, it provides "Individualized Data Protection" such that data traffic between a client and access point is "individualized". Other clients can still sniff and record this traffic, but they can't decrypt it.

OWE is an extension to IEEE 802.11.[1] it is an encryption technique similar to that of Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE) and is specified by Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in RFC 8110 with devices certified as Wi-Fi Certified Enhanced Open by the Wi-Fi Alliance.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Chen, Dave (December 4, 2018). "Opportunistic Wireless Encryption…Um, What's That Again?". Network World.
  2. ^ "Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Enhanced Open™: Transparent Wi-Fi® protections without complexity | Wi-Fi Alliance". www.wi-fi.org.
  3. ^ "WPA3: How and why the Wi-Fi standard matters". HPE. August 8, 2018.

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