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    What is a WPA2 password? I'll explain it to you

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    “What is a WPA2 password?”: A guide to the WPA2 network security key, the safest wireless key you can have to protect your WiFi network. WPA2 is the most secure password setting you have on your router. WPA2 is currently the recommended password type for WiFi modems and allows you to protect your network with a custom password. You can find and change your WPA2 password by going to the router settings page in a web browser.

    If you recently installed an Internet modem in your home, it is likely using WPA2 password protection. Short for “Wi-Fi protected Access 2”, WPA2 debuted in 2006 and has been the preferred security protocol for WiFi security ever since. But how does WPA2 work? And is it safe too? Here's what you need to know about WPA2, including a guide on how to find your WPA2 password using a Mac or PC.

    WPA2 is the safest form of WiFi password protection

    WPA2 security is an extremely secure network security key. WPA2 relies on a network password / key, generated by the user to keep outsiders away from the internet, and there is currently no way for a hacker to infiltrate remotely.

    The original security protocol for Wi-Fi networks was called Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) key, but it had a number of serious vulnerabilities. Established in 1999, it was cracked in 2001. It was then replaced by the first version of the WPA key in 2003, which was replaced by WPA2 in 2006. 

    If your router uses a security protocol other than WPA2, you need to open the modem settings and change it to WPA2.

    The most common way to find the Wi-Fi router's security settings, which includes the WPA2 password, is to go to the router's settings page in a web browser. If the router manufacturer offers a mobile app, you may be able to see the WPA2 settings as well.

    How to find your WPA2 WiFi key / password

    • how to access the modem and change the configuration

    1. To open the router's security settings, you need to know the router's IP address. This is often written on the side or bottom of the router itself, but if you can't find it there, you can look up the IP address on your computer. The “default gateway” on Windows computers is the IP address of the router.

    2. Once you have the IP address, open any web browser. In your browser, enter the router's IP address in the address bar and press Enter or Return.

    3. You will need to log into the router settings page using the username and password you used when installing the router. Check the router setup guide or the notes you took when you reset your username and password. Many routers also have this inscription on the side or bottom. Go to your router's settings page to find the WPA2 password.

    4. Each router is different, but you can usually find the WPA2 settings in a section called “wireless” or “security”. You should see a menu where you can select the security protocol (such as WEP, WPA or WPA2) and the current password. You may need to browse the administration controls to find the security protocol.

    If you find that you can't log into your modem or can't find your password, try contacting the router manufacturer or your internet service provider. How to set WiFi password?

    Further Reading:

    • 5 tips for securing your Wifi network
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    • How to prevent others from using my WiFi
    • How to hide Wifi from your neighbors
    • How to see passwords on android phone
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