When construct our houses we give prime importance to security. Whenever we buy a new computer we long for securing it first. Why do we do so? It’s just that we don’t want any unwanted intrusion. Same way, Wireless Network security is of extreme importance because it’s most vulnerable to intrusion. Hence, our Wireless Network has got security key. This is a unique password assigned to our wireless network which not only prevents any outside intrusion but also acts as a guard. Now the dilemma prevails, how can you find you Wireless Security Key?
For the Windows-based computers, one can find the key from the “Network Preferences” present in the “Control Panel”.
To go to “Control Panel” dialogue box, click on the “Start” menu which you can find on the extreme left corner of your PC. A dialogue box opens with “Control Panel” as an option in it.
You can find the “Network and Sharing Centre” tab inside the “Network and Internet” tab for Windows Vista or Windows 7. However an XP user can find the link to “Network Connections” in the “Network and Internet Connections” tab.
Once you click on “Network Connections” tab, a dialogue box opens which contains the different mode of connection. You have Dial-up or VPN, Ethernet Cable or Wireless connection options available.
Click on “Manage Wireless Networks” option which you can find on the sidebar of your Windows. The Network’s mini monitors blinking must be right-clicked on. From the menu dialogue box choose the “Properties” option.
On the above mentioned dialogue box you can find the “Security” tab. Click on the “Security” option and check by clicking the box next to “Show Characters” to have glance at your network key.
For the Apple Macintosh users, the key can be found in the wireless settings located in the Keychain Access of Macintosh Operating System.
At the top of your screen you find “Go” option. Click on the “Go” option and dialogue box appears. This drop-down menu has an option called “Utilities” simply click on that.
After you click on the “Utilities” tab and window opens and then you have to double-click on “Keychain Access” icon. Also, double click on your current “network” name from the list.
Enter your Mac OS administrator password by a mere check on the box next to “Show password”. Administrator password is actually that password which you require to access your Operating system.
Once you enter the administrator password click on the “Allow” tab. Moment you do so, your Network Key will be displayed in a box adjacent to the “Show password” box.
Hence finding your security key is not a tough job to do. But, one thing must be embedded in mind, you must never give your “Network key” to those you do not trust or rely on. Remember that, “Network Key” is just like a “Key” to the door of your house. If you spread it vulnerability of intrusion increases and you will actually invite danger by doing so.