How to Reset a Wi-Fi Password
Wi-Fi at home is essential for staying connected to others, working, and having fun, and it has become part of the furniture in most homes in today’s world. However, Wi-Fi that is poorly secured can put your personal information at risk of being stolen. It’s important to not only keep your Wi-Fi password private and safe but also change it on a regular basis to make sure that your network and your data is as well-protected as possible. Changing your password not only makes it harder for hackers to get into your network but it can also prevent your neighbours from using your internet without permission. Changing your Wi-Fi password is a fairly easy process that simply involves opening the configuration page for your router, logging in using your current details, and changing the password in settings.
How to Reset Wi-Fi Password: Steps
Open the Router’s Configuration Page
You can use a web browser on any device that is connected to your network. If you are unable to connect using the Wi-Fi because you do not know the password, you can connect your computer directly to the router using an ethernet cable and this will bypass the need for entering the password. You will usually be able to find the router address at the back of the router. Standard addresses are 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, and 192.168.2.1.
If you cannot get access to the configuration page using one of the above addresses, you can press Windows key + R and enter cmd. This will open Command Prompt. Then, type ipconfig and press Enter. Search the list for your active connection and find the Default Gateway address, which is usually your router address. Another option is to reset your router to factory default settings by pressing and holding the reset button. Then you can look up the default address for your router model and enter it into your browser.
You’ll need to log in with the username and password for the router to access the settings page. If you have not changed this when you first configured the router, you will usually be able to find the login details on the back of the router alongside the Wi-Fi password. However, if you don’t have access to this, chances are that the username and password might be something simple like ‘admin’ and ‘password’. If you find that this is the case, then it’s worth changing these too along with the Wi-Fi password since they are easy to guess. If you have changed the login details in the past and forgotten them, resetting the router to factory default should change them back.
Open the Wireless Section
Once you have successfully logged into your router, find the Wireless section on the configuration page. This might vary based on your manufacturer, but generally, it will include ‘wireless’ or ‘wireless settings’. If there are several subsections in the ‘Wireless’ section, look for Wireless Security.
Change the Password
Once you have found the right section, look for the box labelled ‘password’. It may also be labelled ‘shared key’ or ‘passphrase’. You can then enter your new password into the box. In many cases, you may be asked to enter it twice to ensure that it is correct. Try to create a strong password that is difficult, or impossible to guess. Don’t choose a password that is related to anything personal and use a lot of random numbers, letters, and special characters along with a combination of both upper- and lower-case letters. If you prefer, you can use a password manager app or software program to generate a Wi-Fi password for you and then save it securely on your device for future use.
Check Your Security Typer
The three main types of wireless encryption are WPA, WPA2, and WEP. WPA2 is the best option to use for a secure network, however, it may have issues with connecting older devices, in which case you may want to switch to WPA or WPA/WPA2. Avoid selecting WEP as this encryption is very easy to break and some hackers can crack the password in less than half an hour.
Change Your Network Name
While you are in the settings, it might be worth changing your network name. Bear in mind that this name will be public and available for anybody in the area to see, so it should not include any personally identifiable information. Changing the name is a good idea since it can hide the router that you are using and act as a deterrent to anybody who may be considering breaking into it. Routers that have default names are often seen as easier targets for hackers.
Save the Settings
Once you’ve done all of this, the final step is to save the settings. Do this by clicking the Save or Apply button that will usually be either at the top or bottom of the page depending on your router. You may need to wait a few moments while the router processes the change, at which point you may find that any devices that are currently connected will be disconnected. Once the settings are changed, you may need to reconnect to the Wi-Fi from your devices using the new password that you have just set.
How Do You Change Your Wi-Fi Password With a New Router?
Whether you have upgraded your home Wi-Fi, switched to a new provider, or are setting up a new router in your new home, changing your Wi-Fi password as early as possible is always a good idea to deter hackers and make sure that your connection is as secure as possible. To change the Wi-Fi password on a new router, simply follow the instructions to set up the router. Once it is connected, connect your device to the Wi-Fi using the default password and then follow the steps above to log into your router and change the password.
How to Reset Wi-Fi Password if You Don’t Know It?
Most routers come with default passwords that are not easily guessed, which is great for security but can be a pain if you forget your Wi-Fi password and no longer have the sticker that came on the back of the router with the password on it to get back in. If you are currently connected to the Wi-Fi but don’t know the password, you can log into the router on your connected device to change the password in the settings. Alternatively, if you have forgotten your password and are not connected to the Wi-Fi on any device, you will need an ethernet cable. Plug the ethernet cable into your router and then into your device. This will allow you to connect without the need for entering a password. You will then be able to log into the router settings and change your Wi-Fi password so that you can connect your devices.
How to Change My Wi-Fi Password – Why is it a Good Idea?
Most routers will be shipped from the manufacturer with a built-in, default Wi-Fi password. This is often easy to guess for hackers who may have more knowledge of the type of passwords that router brands use. This is why it’s so important to change your Wi-Fi password and keep it private. You need a strong password for your Wi-Fi, as if the password is among the top most common passwords out there, a hacker could get access to your network in minutes.
How Do You Change Your Wi-Fi Password – What Happens if Your Wi-Fi is Hacked?
If your password is compromised, this gives hackers access to connected devices, users, and even your personal information. When changing your Wi-Fi password, you should come up with a password that is truly random, no less than seventeen characters, and different from any other online accounts that you have.
How to Change Wi-Fi Password and Name
While you are in the process of changing your Wi-Fi password, it is also a good idea to consider changing the Wi-Fi name. Using the default router name can make it easier for hackers to get into your network, especially if you have continued using the default Wi-Fi password. The Wi-Fi name that you choose can either strengthen or weaken your security. Most people use their address, but this is not a good idea since it informs hackers who they are going to hack if they are trying to get into your system. You can have some fun when it comes to your Wi-Fi name – come up with something that isn’t personal and can’t be used to identify you. To change your Wi-Fi name, simply log into your router settings, as when changing the Wi-Fi password above, and find the option to change the Wi-Fi name or network name.
How to Change Wi-Fi Router Password
Finally, another password that you will want to change is your Wi-Fi router password. This is the password that you use to log into your router settings. Often, routers come with a very standard, easy-to-guess password to allow you easy access. You will also be able to change this password in the router settings.
Changing your Wi-Fi password, Wi-Fi name, and Wi-Fi router password can help you make your home network more secure.