How to add or change wifi passwords
In this article we'll walk you through the process for adding, updating or changing your wifi password. Wifi passwords are a critical component of your network security.
Wifi password recovery: Tips and tricks
Forgot your wifi password? Or, need to set a password for your network? Leaving your wifi network without a password is like leaving your front door unlocked — you're simply asking for trouble. By accessing your wifi network, others can see the pages you visit, the links you click, personal information you post online, and data that you send between devices. Not to mention, inviting others on to your network can lead to major bandwidth consumption. Ready to lock down your internet? Here's how to add or change wifi passwords.
How to find your wifi password
If you haven't changed the standard password assigned by your internet service provider, you can locate your wifi password in any of the following ways:
How to change your wifi password
To change your wifi password, most laptops and computers can follow the steps below:
1. Connect the device to an ethernet cable.
2. Open your preferred browser and type your router’s IP address into the address bar. Start by trying the two most popular addresses: 192.168.1.0 or 192.168.1.1. If neither of these work, you can locate your IP address in one of two ways:
3. The IP address should take you to a page hosted by your internet service provider. When prompted for login credentials, enter “admin" for the username and password. Alternatively, the password may be “password" or there may be no password.
4. From there, steps can vary depending on the device manufacturer. Locate a section titled "wifi" and look for a specific field containing your password. For example, Cox customers can click on “Wireless" and find their password in one of two fields:
If you are a Cox customer with a My Wifi-enabled modem, you can also change your password by using the My Wifi feature on Cox.com. Simply click in to the “Wireless Password” field, enter a new password, and click "Save".
How to choose a strong wifi password
Think of your wifi password like the lock on your front door. Passwords with personal information — like the name of your dog or your home address — are like the locks on your bathroom door. It can easily be picked or knocked down with little to no effort. Passwords that have been assigned by the service provider are like your standard door lock. While they may be more difficult to crack, most hackers have a list of commonly assigned passwords from each company. With these tools in hand, they can manage to unlock it. Then, there are strong passwords. These are like the locks on a bank vault — in other words, they're much harder to break. A strong password includes the following characteristics:
A strong password does not include the following characteristics:
While a strong password may not be easy to remember, it can make it harder for others to hack into your network.
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