Today, technology has offered more to us than any other sector of society has. Although we can avail a lot of advantages and facilities through it, it has many downsides too. For example, your data is always susceptible to hackers and intruders when it comes to the internet. The internet is also hugely misused by the younger generation. Hence, it is not weird to assume that the internet poses a threat to our personal lives! The network on which we surf the web or carry out our official operations must be safe and secure. One aspect that determines the security of intruders is a Network Security Key.
It is common knowledge that almost all our day-to-day tasks are technology-reliant. In a fragile world where we would go nuts if the network went down for even a day, there is a need for secure and robust devices/services that provide us with a stable and secure internet connection.
Talking of secure devices, a router is one such device that has become a staple appliance in everyone’s household and every corporation. Now that everything has moved to the virtual world, everyone should have home network security.
What Is a Network Security Key?
A network security key is just a technical phrase for our Wi-Fi password. It is an encryption key that shields your data and devices. It is a digital signature produced as an authorization to connect to wireless networks. Security keys are of different types and are used in our daily activities. For example, the OTPs you enter for logging onto websites, online banking, etc.
The kind of network security key you use, along with how strong your password is, determines the level of security for your network. It authenticates the device requesting access. There are three varieties of network security keys based on how secure and robust they are:
Wired Equivalent Privacy, or WEP, is a security access key for Wi-Fi-enabled devices. It was introduced in 1997 to provide more privacy as compared to the wired networks. They let connected devices on a particular network send encrypted messages to each other while preventing them from being decoded and read by intruders.
WEP keys were made of numbers 0 to 9 and alphabets between A and F. Their length can be 10, 26, or 58 characters long. These keys were rendered outdated in 2004 as the computers evolved and became more and more powerful. These keys started getting cracked by some software. Although they are still available today, they are not secure.
WPA & WPA2
In 2003, it was announced that WPA or Wi-Fi-Protected Access had superseded WEP. It was an upgrade and a fix to all the loopholes that existed in WEP.
WPA is created to work with all kinds of wireless network adapters. Although it is highly advanced than its predecessor, it still has some flaws. WPA2 finally did overcome all these issues. It uses the AES algorithm(Advanced Encryption Standard), which is complex and advanced, making this type of security the most secure one.
Anyways, it is advised that at every cost, you use WPA2 security only. Businesses and offices mostly use it due to its high security.
How Do I Find the Network Security Key On Windows
To find the Wi-Fi password on Windows, follow the steps given below:
- First, go to Settings. There, click on Network and Internet.
- Now, press on Network and Sharing Center.
- Under this section, look for the connection whose password you want to view.
- Here, click on the name of the network in front of Connections.
- Now, click on the Wireless Properties in the box that will appear on the screen and press on the Security tab.
- Here, check the box that says Show Characters.
After following these steps, you will see your network security key.
How Do I Find the Network Security Key On a Mac
- Begin by clicking on the Search option at the top right part of your screen.
- Then, type in Keychain Access and search for it.
- Then you might see a prompt on your screen, double-click on your Wi-Fi’s name.
- Here, you will see the information related t your Wi-Fi network. Check on the box that says Show Password.
- Produce your Mac’s password into the prompt, and you will see the network security key!
How Do I Find the Network Security Key On My Android
- Begin by going to your android phone’s settings and then selecting the Wi-Fi and Network option.
- Here, look for the Hotspot and Tethering option and click on it.
- Please enable it and then press on the Wi-Fi hotspot option.
- You will now be able to see the name of your mobile hotspot, the type of security used (WEP, WPA, or WPA2), and the password for the hotspot.
- Configure the settings according to your choice and save the changes.
- By doing all this, you can be able to start using the Wi-Fi on your preferred devices by producing the password that you set.
How Do I Find the Network Security Key On my Router
It is pretty easy to find the password on the router. This helps if you have never changed your router’s password since you bought it or recently reset it.
You can easily find it on the sticker at the bottom of the router in front of ‘Security Key’ or ‘password’ or ‘Access Key.’ You can find it under different titles for different router models and brands.
You should set a strong password for your network. Make sure it is at least 12 characters long, has a mix of upper and smaller case letters(as it is case sensitive), special characters, and numbers. This will protect your data and network from hackers.
If the network doesn’t accept your password, try re-entering the password carefully or restarting the router. If the problem persists, reset the router. You don’t need any technician to handle your password problems now!
Seth Myers is a 26-year-old hardware expert who enjoys badminton, cycling and watching television. He is kind and fun, but can also be very hardworking and a bit lazy. In his free time he loves binge-watching boxed sets.