When people use the Internet over a Wi-Fi network, there is always a risk of someone getting access to their data and personal information, especially if they haven’t set up a secure network. Unlike in the case of traditional wired networks where it is difficult to steal personal information or data, the situation is not the same in the case of a Wi-Fi network. As they work on wireless signals, WiFi networks can easily be hacked, if the network-owner is unaware of the security protocols. Continuing further on the topic, we discuss how to set a security key for your home, office or business network and prevent it from being stolen.
Setting Up a Security Key for Your Network
To prevent any unauthorized access to your network, set up a security key. Here are the steps to follow.
Step 1: Open Control Panel and click on Network and Internet
Step 2: Click on Network and Sharing Center icon and then click on Setup a new connection or network.
Step 3: A window will open up. Select the option Set up a new network, and click “Next”.
Step 4: Another window opens up that says “Choose the wireless router or access point you want to configure”. Click on your router.
Step 5: Next, you would be prompted to enter the PIN on the router. It’s an eight digit number mentioned on your router. Enter the PIN into the “PIN BOX” and click “Next”.
Step 6: Once the router gets configured, a window comes up that prompts you to give your network a name and set a security key for it.
Step 7: Under the “Security Level Type” dropdown, choose “WPA2 Personal”, as it gives your network the highest level of security.
Why Choose WPA2?
There are three main types of wireless security encryptions – WEP, WPA and WPA2. While WEP stands for Wired Equivalent and is the weakest of the three, WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access and both WPA and WPA2 offer added level of security as compared to WEP. It is recommended that people should use WPA2, as it offers the highest level of security. One of the primary reasons why WEP is not recommended is due to its use of the 802.11 networking protocol, which is not only a thing of the past, but also has numerous security issues. Remember, not every router has the option for WPA and WPA2. If you are using an old router that doesn’t have WPA or WPA2 level of security encryption options, you might want to consider investing in an upgrade.
Last Few Words
Your network is exposed to hackers, spammers and social engineers around the globe, trying to steal important information from your system or use your Internet connection for illegal activities. They use malicious software to break through your internet security. The best way to combat such security issues is to use the firewall present in your operating software. If you think all this network security setup and activating firewall and other security measures give you a headache, get in touch with one of our tech support experts at Computer CPR. We offer PC tech support for home and business users and our office is based out of Fort Worth and Southlake.