A new and strong Wi-Fi password will protect your network from eavesdroppers who could slow down your connection speed and hackers who might infect your device with malware. But to change your Wi-Fi password, you must log into your router first. So follow our quick and easy guide to changing your Wi-Fi password and increase your online security.
If you want to change your Wi-Fi password, you have to log into your router, but to do that, you have to find your router’s IP address first. The default IP addresses for most routers are usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. Open an internet browser on a device connected to your router’s network and try typing in these IP addresses to open your router’s configuration page.
If these addresses do not work, look at the sticker on the bottom of your router. It should have the default router IP address, username, and password.
If the IP address on your router does not work, this could mean that the manufacturer or the ISP has changed it. In that case, follow our detailed guides on how to find your router IP address on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS devices.
To change your Wi-Fi password, log into your router, and follow these easy steps:
SSID stands for service set identifier. It’s a technical way to refer to a network’s name. When you see a list of available Wi-Fi hotspots on your device, you’re looking at a list of SSIDs.
To make your Wi-Fi connection even safer and to get rid of any piggybackers who might infect your device with malware, you can change your router’s name, also known as your Wi-Fi name or the SSID. In most cases, the SSID is a string of random letters and numbers given by the manufacturer that you can find on the bottom of your router.
To change your default Wi-Fi name, follow these easy steps:
You can use these tips to create a strong password or try the NordPass random password generator.
Remember that changing your router name will sign out all devices connected to the wireless network, so you’ll need to sign them in again. The good news is that anyone using your network without your knowledge or approval will also be signed out.
If you don’t remember your router password, you can connect to your router using an ethernet cable. Once you’ve done that, follow the instructions above to reset your Wi-Fi password.
You can reset your router if you don’t have an ethernet cable. Resetting it will return it to its default settings and erase the current Wi-Fi password and the router’s password. Here is how you reset your router:
Watch our video with seven of the most useful tips to make your router even safer. Or you can begin with these four valuable tips that will immediately help you to secure your Wi-Fi:
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