WiFi is the most convenient way to be connected to the internet. No cables, no worries with RJ45 connectors and freedom to move around with your tablet or notebook. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not give the necessary attention to the strength of their wifi password. A weak wifi password can put valuable information at risk, and hackers are all around waiting to find the next easy fish.
Setting a strong wifi password, as well as changing it regularly are important security measures to ensure your data will not be easily hacked. Also, those neighbours always trying to steal your bandwidth will also have more difficulties if you have a hard password. If these concerns are important for you, keep reading this article and learn how to change your wifi network password.
Quick steps to change your wifi password
Briefly resuming, what you need to do is: Access the web based interface of your router, login with your router credentials, find the “wireless settings” option and change the password manually.
Let’s explain each step more accurately:
- First thing is to connect to your router. For the task of changing the password it is recommended to use an ethernet cable and connect it directly to the WAN port of the router. If you use the current wireless network, when you change the password the connection will be lost.
- Type the default IP address of your router on your favorite web browser. Common IP’s are 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.0.1. Check out this list to find out what’s your router IP address.
- Login with your router credentials. The default admin and password can be found on the link of step 2. If you changed the password and do not have it written down, you will need to reset the router to the original manufacturer settings in order to be able to use the default credentials again. (to reset the router, hold on the reset button for a while, usually ten seconds. This will bring the configuration back to factory settings).
- Once you accessed the configuration interface, look for “wireless settings” or anything similarly (the exact name and location varies between router models and brands).
- Sometimes the option to change the wifi password is under a subsession called “security settings” or similars.
- Under the wireless settings (or security settings) there will be a field called Password or Just fill in with a new and strong one. It is likely that you will be requested to enter the credentials again to be sure you are the official administrator.
Now you have a new wifi password!
Choose a strong encryption method
Besides choosing a complex password, you should pay attention to the type of encryption you use. Under the “Security Type” option, on the same page you used you change the password, you can choose between WPA, WPA2 and WEP. WPA2 is the most secure encryption type. WEP is the weakest one and can be easily cracked (for instance, a WEP password take something around 30 to 40 minutes only to be cracked).
Do not make hacker’s life easier. Make sure to choose a complex and strong password as well as the best encryption method. This actions will ensure you a safer wifi network.