Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)

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What is Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)?

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a security protocol for wireless local area networks defined in the standard IEEE 802.11b. It was introduced as part of the original 802.11 standard ratified in 1997, its intention was to provide data confidentiality comparable to that of a traditional wired network. WEP, recognizable by the key of 10 or 26 hexadecimal digits, was at one time widely in use and was often the first security choice presented to users by router configuration tools.


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