WiFi networks allow you to connect multiple devices to the internet without the need for ethernet cables. To join a WiFi network and to keep your network secure, you need a WiFi password. Without a password, anyone can log onto your network and cause issues with using your bandwidth or compromising your network with malware and viruses.
Your WiFi router will come with a default network name and password. It is strongly recommended to change this when you first set up your WiFi .
Your WiFi password is different from your router password. Your router password provides access to your router administrator settings and should also be changed when you first have your router installed. Most hackers or even tech savvy people will have a good idea of most of the default router passwords that are used, so this also needs to be changed to provide you with the best security.
Why you should change your WiFi password
With hackers becoming more and more advanced the security of your network and data is more important than ever. Once someone has access to your network they have the key to cause damage, steal your data and hold your data for ransom.
When you first set up your router it will come with a default password that is often easy to guess for those with even just a little bit of knowledge. Once someone gets access to your administrator portal for your router, they can change your WiFi password quite easily so that they have access to your WiFi too and can even block you from your own WiFi.
Another reason to change your WiFi password every so often is that anyone that has ever had your WiFi password still has it. They have full access to your network, and they do not need to actually be in your home to do so, just think of all the available networks that show when you want to connect to your internet.
People could be using your bandwidth to browse the internet or stream videos, pretty harmless but still using the data you pay for and taking your speeds, but it can be used for more sinister reasons. Once a person has access to your WiFi they can access your devices on your network. This could be your laptop, your phone or even your security cameras putting not just your network at risk but your home or business premises too.
Changing your WiFi password in your home
Remember there are two passwords linked to your WiFi, your router password which is the one that comes as default and is very easy to guess if not changed, this is also probably the more important password as it will let anyone have access to the administration of your router settings. The WiFi password is the password that is usually more complicated and the one you and the people in your home will use to access the internet from your devices.
Most homes will only need one router to provide ample WiFi coverage. It is a simple task to change the password on a commercial router. The first step is to find out the current passwords which can usually be found with your paperwork and log into your router configuration page. This can be accessed via a web browser on a PC or mobile device. You will need the default IP address and the default password which can be found on the back of the router itself or with the box and paperwork your router came with. You will then need to change your admin password to something hard to guess. There are plenty of random password generator tools to use to find a completely random password, just be sure to make a note of it somewhere safe. If you choose a random password that is hard to guess you should not need to change it again.
Once you have changed your admin password you can change your WiFi password too. The WiFi passwords now usually come as a string of random letters and numbers, the problem with this is that it is hard to remember even if you should have access. If you change this to something you will remember it will be easier for you to log onto your own WiFi. It is recommended to change your WiFi password regularly, so that if you do provide it to guests in your home – they won’t still have access once you have changed it.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I change my WiFi password?
Your admin password shouldn’t need to be changed regularly once you have changed it to something random. It’s recommended to change your WiFi once every year, but you can change as much as you feel the need to.
How do I choose a password?
Your password can be whatever you would like it to be so long as it is random. Using names or dates personal to you can often be easy to guess, similarly if you are just changing the end number on the same password each time you change it. A good idea for passwords is to use two random words and random characters that you will remember, wood3=pink2 for example.