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How can I tell whether my wireless network is secure?

For Windows 8:

  1. On the Charms bar, click .
  2. Click . Available networks are displayed.
  3. 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 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista:

  1. From the Start menu, select Control Panel. The Control Panel opens.
  2. Click Network and Internet.
  3. Click Network and Sharing Center. The Network and Sharing Center opens.
  4. 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?

For Windows XP:

  1. From the Start menu, select Control Panel. The Control Panel opens.
  2. Click Network Connections. The Network Connections window opens.
  3. Right-click Wireless Network Connection. A pop-up menu is displayed.
  4. Click View Available Wireless Networks. The Choose a wireless network window opens, displaying a list of the networks within range.
    • Below the name of your network, if and Security-enabled wireless network are displayed, your network is secured.
    • Below the name of your network, if Unsecured wireless network is displayed, your network is not secured. See How can I make my wireless network more secure?

For Mac OS 10.5 or 10.6

Click . A list of the networks in range are displayed.

For Mac OS 10.4:

  1. Click the Apple icon, and from the drop-down list, select System Preferences. The System Preferences window opens.
  2. Under Internet & Network, click Network. The Network window opens.
    • In the Show drop-down list, AirPort should be selected.
    • If AirPort is not selected, select AirPort from the Show drop-down list.
  3. In the By default, join drop-down list, select Preferred Networks. A list of the networks within range is displayed, including the type of security set up on that network. If under the Security column in the list, it says None, your network is not secure.

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