How to Find Your Network Security Key
Is your computer asking you to enter your network security key? You may need to locate this in order to connect to your Wi-Fi signal, which is delivered via your router from your Internet Service Provider (ISP). This article will discuss how to find your network security key.
So, what is the network security key? This is really just a fancy term for your Wi-Fi password. At times, you may want to provide visiting customers or clients with the office Wi-Fi password as well, so that they can use your network. (This is not always recommended if you want to ensure good cybersecurity.)
As always, a strong password is recommended to keep your Internet connection secure so that unauthorized individuals can’t easily access your network.
When you first install your router, your network security key will usually consist of a string of random letters and numbers. There’s a chance you may have changed your network security key after your router was installed. If that’s the case, then you probably wrote it down or know it by heart. Doing so will have saved you the trouble of having to go through the steps to find it. If you don’t know it, don’t worry — it isn’t hard to find your network security key.
Follow these steps to find your network security key, and you’ll also be better equipped to protect your network.
Note: Different routers, ISP providers, and equipment manufacturers might refer to the network security key as something else. In addition to being referred to as a Wi-Fi password, you might also see it called the WPA key or wireless password.
1. Look at the Router
Seems simple enough, right? The router itself may actually have a small sticker affixed to it with the Wi-Fi password. The password might also be located in the manual or on the box the router came in. However, if the sticker is missing, or the router is in a hard-to-reach location, you can find the network security key via your computer instead.
2. How to Find Your Network Security Key Using Windows 10
- Click on the Start Menu.
- Find and click on the option for Network Connections.
- Click on Network and Sharing Center.
- You should see an icon for the Wireless Network; click on it.
- Select Wireless Properties.
- Select the tab for Security.
- You’ll see the password, but it will likely appear as a series of black dots. Click on Show Characters to reveal the characters that make up the network security key.
Now, you can always write this password down, so it’s easy to find in the future. But if you do, make sure you keep it in a secure place where others can’t find it. For example, don’t leave it on a bulletin board in an office, as many business leaders without proper cybersecurity training tend to do. Service personnel, customers, or others who enter the building could see it and use it to hack into your system. It’s also a good idea to change the password approximately every six months, just to be safe and ensure your network is secure.
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