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Why You Need to Change Your WiFi Password & How To Do It

When talking WiFi passwords, chances are our password falls into one of two buckets 1) The same ridiculously long password that your provider set when you got the Wifi modem 4 years ago or 2) Something easy that you know you'll remember like mywifi1234 
I'm here to tell you that we all need to consider a third bucket: strong and unique passwords that are changed often! 
This may sound like a hassle, but this is one of the easiest ways to protect your wifi (and connected devices) from getting hacked.  

Why you don't want to use a weak wifi password. 

Well, according to cyber security company Varonis, "If the password to your WiFi network is among the top million or so worst passwords out there, it’s likely a hacker could breach your network in a matter of minutes. That’s because all they need to do is capture a handshake from a device connecting to the Wi-Fi, load it into a tool like Hashcat, and sit back while it tries every guess in a massive file of breached passwords." 

There's a good chance that mywifi1234 or !password! is already in that password database and just waiting to be hacked. 

Why you don't want a repeated or old WiFi password. 

 You might think you're in the clear with that old password set years ago or your go-to strong password that you use for everything. Here's the thing, using the same (or similar) passwords across different accounts can actually lead to your password ending up on an easily accessible breached password list which hackers use to compromise your account. If the company you use for your grocery delivery gets breached, there goes the security on every other account. And if a hacker figures out your email and password combo for one account, they will likely test it out and many others.

What happens when your WiFi password is compromised? 

Once your password is compromised, hackers can access connected devices, track users, and retrieve your personal information. Oh no! 

What is a strong password?

According to this article at Lifewire, a strong password consists of the following: 

  • Truly random
  • No shorter than 17 characters
  • Different for each online account
  • Changed every 90 days

Read the whole article with more information on how to create and store strong passwords. 

Dreamed up some strong passwords but don't know how to change your WiFi password? Follow the steps below! 

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How to Change Your Wi-Fi Password

While every provider is a little bit different, most will follow along these general steps: 

  1. Log in to the router as an administrator L
  2. Find the Wi-Fi Password Settings.
  3. Type a new Wi-Fi password.
  4. Save the changes.

 

1) Log Into Your Router as an Administrator

In Order to Login as an admin, you will need to know the username, IP address and password of your router.

Here are instructions for some of the most popular WiFi companies: 
  • AT&T: The default admin login is attadmin. The admin login can be found on the bottom of the device.
  • Verizon: To login to your Wi-Fi router, open up a browser and go to 192.168.1.1 and then login with the password located on the sticker on the router itself. (The username is always admin).
  • Hughes Net: Go to the website: systemcontrolcenter.com or 192.168.0.1 
    From the System Control Center page, click on Wifi Settings at the left side. Enter the Administrator username and password. The default is admin for both username and password.
  • Spectrum: Connect your computer to your modem via an Ethernet cable.
    Type http://192.168.0.1 into your browser’s address bar.Enter the username and passcode for your device, as listed here
  • Netgear: Go to http://www.routerlogin.net Enter the router user name and password when prompted.The default user name is admin. The default password is password.
  • D-Link: Open your web browser and enter the IP address of the router into the address bar- (not in google). The default IP is 192.168.0.1 or click here http://192.168.0.1.By default, the username is admin and there is no password.
  • Cisco: Navigate to IP 192.168.1.1To login the default username and password should both be either admin or cisco. See here for details
  • Linksys: Launch a web browser and enter “192.168.1.1”The default password is admin

If you can't find your WiFi in the list above, an easy google search should lead you to the instructions.

 

2) Find the Wi-Fi Password Settings

Locating the Wi-Fi password settings should be fairly easy once you're logged in. Look in a NetworkWireless, Security or Wi-Fi section, or something similar, to find the wireless information. This terminology is different between routers.

3) Create a New Wi-Fi Password

Type a new strong and unique password based on the conditions shared above. 

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