What Is A Network Security Key?

Network security keys hold very significant roles in securing a wireless network or networks. You may be wondering what the network security key for Wi-Fi is and how to find a network security key. This blog explores just that.

Firstly, a network security key is the password that needs to be entered to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Your network security key will establish a connection between your router and any devices that connect to the Wi-Fi network. This security key will help to protect a Wi-Fi network and those individuals who are using it from cyber criminals who may attempt to piggyback on your network connection.

Without a network security key, any individual within the network range would be able to gain access to the network. This would then allow them to complete malicious activities. Some activities might involve stealing sensitive data and injecting viruses. This is why network security keys are so important.

How To Find The Network Security Key

If you are wondering how to locate your network security key, then there are a few simple steps you need to follow. Firstly, your network security key tends to be located on the bottom of your Wi-Fi router, or the back of it.

With this in mind, the network security key will most likely be labeled on the router under a different name such as wireless password, passcode or security key.  However, it could also have several other names, so be aware of this when looking for it.

If you are unable to locate the network security key on the router, then it would be wise to check your router’s instruction manual, as sometimes the network security key is listed there. After you have found your default network security key, you should enter it on the device that you want to connect the network to.

Also, it would be a sensible idea to change the password, to prevent unwanted users from easily gaining access to the network. This password should then be updated periodically.

Bear in mind that if the original Wi-Fi security key was changed then it won’t be the same as the one written on the router. In this case, you will need to find the key by using a device which is already connected to the Wi-Fi network.

How To Change Your Network Security Key

If you want to change your network security key, then you will first need to sign into your router. To do this you should enter your router’s default IP address in the address bar and click enter. After this, you will need to add the username for your router as well as the original password, and click continue.

Next, you will need to locate the security settings or configuration area. Here you will find the option to update the password. Remember to choose a secure and strong password so that it is hard for hackers to guess. Then save the changed password.

Your new network security key should now be set. Ensure that you reconnect all necessary devices to your Wi-Fi network using your new security network key.

Protect Your Privacy

Periodically updating your network security key is a fantastic way to enhance your privacy and protect your network from unwanted users. With this in mind, another way to protect your privacy is to use a reliable VPN.

ioloVPN offers unrivaled levels of data security, obscuring your personal information and identity from ISPs, internet criminals, companies, cybercriminals, and government organizations alike.

Particularly on your home network, ioloVPN will protect your IP address and internet browsing activity by hiding your identity from your ISP, from the apps and sites you visit, and from the corporate bodies that your ISP is selling your data to.

Bear in mind that your online activity won’t be fully obscured but your identity, via your IP address, will be. Using ioloVPN at home isn’t a foolproof measure for full anonymity, but it will provide a base level of data security and will give you peace of mind when browsing online.

Setting up a VPN is simple and easy, making it a no-brainer when it comes to protecting your privacy. When you choose ioloVPN, you will have the confidence and peace of mind that your online activities, personal information, bank details, and more are protected.

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What is iolo's Whole Home License?

The Whole Home License® is iolo’s licensing policy that allows you to install and keep your software running on all of your compatible devices within the same home. Previously, users were allowed to install and license their iolo software simultaneously on a maximum of three PCs. Under the Whole Home License, a single activation key allows you to use your iolo software on all of your PCs, other than any PCs you use for business purposes. What you need to know about Whole Home Licensing

  • You, your spouse, and your relatives living within the same household may use the same license on any number of PCs that you own which are not used for business.
  • For full legal terms and conditions, see https://www.iolo.com/company/legal/eula/

To install your iolo product on additional PCs:

  1. On the additional computer, download the latest version of your iolo product. Choose from the list of downloads offered here.
  2. Follow the steps in the installation wizard, and enter the same Activation Key that you used to install on your original computer.

You can view the Activation Key on the original computer from within System Mechanic > red menu bar > key icon > Activation Key.