What is a Network Security Key?

Network Security KeyFor those of you who are unfamiliar with computer networks, a network security key is basically a wireless network password. A security key is of utmost importance if you are looking to protect your network from unwanted visitors, which is highly prudent because having an unsecured network can lead to a variety of
problems, ranging from simple slowing of the network speed because of unwanted network hijackers to damage to the computers in the network because of viruses and unsecured information which can lead to some extremely undesirable problems such as identity theft and stolen passwords and credit cards. Because of this it’s absolutely vital you secure your network with a security key.

Setting up a security key for your network is quite simple if you have access to your network through a device. In order to do this you need to access your router IP through your browser, Google for more information, where you can easily change the security key and the encryption type. There are a variety of different available encryption types for your network, some of the most common are WEP, WPA and WPA2 — at the moment WEP is one of the worst encryption types because it can easily be cracked through some very simple tools. WPA is a better solution, though currently the best encryption is the WPA2/PSK which is commonly available to most modern routers.

When deciding upon an appropriate security key, make sure that it is something hard to guess; while this seems intuitive, it is commonly overlooked. Don’t choose a pet name, last name, birthday or anything else that is easy to anticipate if someone knows you or has your information. The best keys are a combination of numbers and letters and symbols. With a strong encryption and password, you can rest comfortably knowing that your network is not under threat.

Now that you understand the basics of a network security key, you certainly have a much better idea of what it takes to maintain a secure network in the face of all the threats that are rampant in the current technological age. While having a strong network security key is not the only important aspect of keeping a strong and secure network, it certainly is the most important and basic step. Luckily, more and more modern routers are creating websites already equipped with a network security key already in place, helping those with less knowledge on the topic secure.

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