Your home network uses weak data encryption

26 December 2023

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When you are using a network that has weak encryption, intruders can intercept your data. If you get a message about weak encryption when you connect to your home network, switch encryption type to a more secure one. Wireless networks commonly use the following encryption types: WEP, TKIP, WPA, WPA2 (AES/CCMP).

The main difference is the level of protection they offer. We recommend using WPA2 because it is the most secure option.

Router interfaces differ depending on the manufacturer, specific model, and firmware version. To understand router settings, refer to the user manual for your model. The user manual is typically included with the router; alternatively, you can download it from the device manufacturer's website.

The following is an example configuration of encryption for the TP-Link TL-WR841N router.

To use a different encryption type for your wireless network:

  1. Go to the router settings page.
  2. On the authorization page, enter your login name and password. If you never changed those, you can find them on the underside of the router.
  3. On the router settings page, go to the WirelessWireless Security section.
  4. Select WPA/WPA2Personal.
  5. In the Authentication Type field, select WPA2-PSK.
  6. In the Encryption field, select AES.
  7. Click Save.

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