Modern world functions on the pillars of wireless devices.
They’re so common that you don’t even notice them as unique. You have mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices exchanging a lot of data with the internet. They’ve become a part of your daily life and an integral necessity.
When you use these devices daily, you should keep them safe from threat actors. A network security key or Wi-Fi password is one such element that helps you ensure security around your devices.
What is a network security key?
Simply put, a network security key is commonly known as the wireless network (or Wi-Fi) password. It’s a digital signature that prevents unauthorized people from accessing your network and allows you to maintain a secure connection between users requesting access to the network.
It protects a network and the associated devices from unwanted access, empowering you to evade cyber attacks or information theft risks.
You can set a network security key using uppercase, lowercase, and special characters joined by a number. Make sure it doesn’t contain predictable elements like your name or the name of your loved one(s), a number related to your birthdate, or any combination that’s easy to guess.
Types of network security keys
Some of the common types of network security keys used for authorization in a wireless network are wired equivalent privacy and Wi-Fi protected access. Different types of network security keys have distinct security offerings, yet their primary function remains the same, i.e., regulating access to wireless networks.
Wired equivalent privacy (WEP)
Wired equivalent privacy (WEP) is a security algorithm intended to provide data confidentiality the same as traditional wired networks. It encrypts data packets using a 40-bit key combined with a 24-bit initialization vector (IV) to make an RC4 key. The 40 bit and 24 bit IV combine to create a 64-bit WEP key.
WEP is a sequence of characters between numbers 0-9 and the letters A-F. So, your WEP key can be 1A648C9FE2.
Due to the U.S. restrictions on the export of several cryptographic technologies, early WEP versions were limited to 64-bit encryption devices. When the regulating body lifted…