Microsoft today began offering a free update to enhance the Wi-Fi security within Windows XP. The software adds Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) to Windows XP computers with Service Pack 2 installed; based on the IEEE standard 802.11i the update is applied to the pre-802.11i WPA used for authentication and encryption on wireless networks.
Wireless Provisioning Services Information Element (WPS IE) was also added, this allows wireless Internet service providers to upgrade to secuire Wi-Fi hot spots while allowing both unsecure and secured Wi-Fi networks on a single network infrastructure.
“For wireless computing to continue growing, consumers and enterprises need to trust that their information is safe and secure when accessed on these networks,” said Jawad Khaki, corporate vice president of Windows Networking & Device Technologies at Microsoft. “This update underscores Microsoft’s commitment to improving security as we enable our customers to help protect their wireless networks using the latest available standards.”
The Windows XP SP2 upgrade can be downloaded for free from Microsoft here.