The era of computer networks or laptops is long gone where people used to connect to the web using cabled wires. For the past decade or so, business transactions are conducted, files are shared and information is dispersed through wireless connections. The importance of this system cannot be ignored. However, it’s common knowledge by now that every network or connection may contain loopholes through which unauthorized third parties can access the network. They can not only steal important information (which is very common in businesses), but can also perform illegal operations through your network, putting you at risk against the authorities. Therefore, maximum security should be enabled to avoid anything of that sort.
Instructions to set up a Wireless Network password
Wireless networks should be protected with a strong key or password. Setting them up with a password hard to figure out is a simple procedure.
Step 1: Open the web browser and then type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar at the top. This is normally the default IP Address of the router unless stated otherwise in your router manual. So before taking any steps, it is advised to read the instruction manual.
Step 2: If you were not provided with the manual or have lost it, you can contact the manufacturer’s website or contact the manufacturer. Otherwise, google the manufacturer’s name on the Internet and you will find the correct IP Address.
Step 3: After the IP Address is written in the address bar, press the Enter button. This will take you to a connect box, asking you to enter the Username and password. Again, the Login information will be provided in the instruction manual. However, usually the default Username is ‘admin’ and the Password is entered as ‘admin’ or left blank.
Step 4: The next step will take you to the setup page. Click the ‘Wireless’ tab. Then click on ‘Wireless Security’ or ‘Security’ from the options available. Choose a passphrase and click ‘Generate’. It will generate a long encryption of alphanumeric characters. It must be ensured that they are saved somewhere to avoid future trouble. Save settings after this.
Step 5: It involves checking whether the keys generated will work. For this, right click on the wireless icon. It is on the bottom right corner of the taskbar. Then choose ‘View available Networks’.
Step 6: If your network comes up stating ‘Security enabled Wireless network’, it means it has been locked and secured.
Step 7: Clicking on the Network will open a Wireless Connection Prompt which is where you type in the generated keys. You can confirm this by entering the keys. After confirmation, you will be automatically connected to the Internet each time. There won’t be any need to type the key again.
Although setting up a Wireless Network password is one of the ways to protect the Wireless Network, it is not the only method. Installing Antivirus programs, filtering Mac Addresses, disabling the SSID broadcast and changing its name are some of the other efficient ways of protection against malicious content and hackers.