How can I tell whether my wireless network is secure?
For Windows 8:
- On the Charms bar, click .
- Click . Available networks are displayed.
- In the WiFi section:
- Hover your cursor over a network name to view a pop-up that lists the security type.
- If that does not work, right-click a network and select View Connection Properties. The current security type is displayed in the Security type drop-down list.
- If the security type is something such as WEP or WPA2, your network is secured.
- If the security type is something such as Unsecured or No authentication (open), your network is not secured. See How can I make my wireless network more secure?
For Windows 7 or Windows Vista:
- From the Start menu, select Control Panel. The Control Panel opens.
- Click Network and Internet.
- Click Network and Sharing Center. The Network and Sharing Center opens.
- Click Manage Wireless Networks. The Manage Wireless Networks page opens, displaying a list of the networks within range.
- Next to your network name, if it says something such as Security: WEP or Security: WPA2, your network is secured.
- Next to your network name, if it says Security: Unsecured, your network is not secured. See How can I make my wireless network more secure?
Click . A list of the networks in range are displayed.
- If your network is secured, is displayed for your network.
- If your network is not secured, no lock is displayed for your network. See How can I make my wireless network more secure?
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