Network Security Key and its use
The network security key is also known as the Wireless password or the Wi-Fi network password. It is a password that aids you in connecting to a wireless internet network. Every router and all access points come with a network security key already set by the system settings. You can change this security key or password in the settings of your device.
A network security key or password is useful as it helps you to protect your wireless network from any intruder or hacker that can use your internet connection without your knowledge or permission. Without the network security key, these people are unable to connect to your wireless network. Due to this reason, you should always set up a strong security password or network security key for your network.
Once you enter the password, it is hardly required to put it in again. Therefore, people often forget their network security key. In this article, we will brief you about how you can find the stored network security key or Wi-Fi password in a MAC device or a computer.
Some types of Network Security Key
Some information that is essential for you if you wish to protect your network includes the types of network security keys.
Lately, WPA2 or Wi-Fi protected access is mostly used for encryption of all network security keys. Security Keys that are encrypted with this are secure and hard to crack. The WPA protocols use a key that is temporary and is changed with every packet.
The WEP or Wired Equivalent Privacy security key is an old version of the security key that was used to secure wireless networks. This type of security key used a 40-bit key to encrypt the data between your device and your router.
WEP security keys are no longer used. You should avoid using this key as well because the encryption can be easily cracked, and that will expose your wireless network to any intruder or hacker. The latest routers, as well as access points, do not support the WEP key anymore.
Finding your Network Security Key
If you possess a device that has a connection to a wireless network, you can easily find its security key in the network settings of your device. Once a device is connected to a wireless connection or network, it saves the password of the network. Therefore, it reconnects with the network when it comes to the range of the device, even if you do not reenter the password.
Procedure to find the Network Security Key on a Windows 10 Device
If you possess a Windows 10 device and it is connected to a wireless network, then it is easy to find the network security key in a Windows 10 device.
You must follow these steps:
- Right-click on the Start Menu to select it
- Select the option Network Connections from the menu
- Next, you must choose the Network and Sharing Center
- Select your Wireless network out of all networks available
- Select the option “Wireless Properties.”
- Next, open the Security Tab. It will show you that your password is masked
- Tick the Show characters check box.
Procedure to find the Network Security Key on a Windows 7 and 8 Computer
- Connect the device with the network
- Go to the Control Panel
- Select network and internet option
- Select the option a network and sharing center
- Click on change adapter settings.
- Click on Wi-Fi ( Windows 8), or for Windows 7, click on Wireless network connection
- Go to Status
- Select the option of wireless properties
- Click on the option security
- Tick the checkbox of show characters
Procedure to find the Wi-Fi password on a Mac device
The process is simple to follow:
- Select the magnifying glass icon or search icon
- Search Key chain Access in the search bar
- Find your Wi-Fi network in the top right corner of the screen
- Select your network (double click on it)
- Tick the checkbox of “Show Password.”
- Then you will have to enter the passcode of your MAC device