What is the safest encryption method available

security Encrypt WiFi correctly - that's how it works


When setting up a WiFi network, be sure to encrypt it. Otherwise it is accessible to everyone within easy reach and your private data could easily be intercepted. In our tips + tricks article, we will show you which encryption methods are safe and which methods you should avoid.

WLAN encryption: You should pay attention to these settings

The options for wireless security can be found in the Settings of your router. To do this, connect to your router's WiFi network. If this is your first time plugging in the router or you have done a factory reset, you will find the Login data mostly on the bottom of your router. How to get to the configuration page of your router can be found in the Router's manual look up. Alternatively, you can also try directly to enter the IP address or in the address line of your browser. The Configuration pages differ from router to router.

In the following we explain to you which steps you can use to increase the security of your WLAN and which settings you have to make for it:

  • Network name (SSID): Change the default network name. Using the preset network names, hackers can more easily identify the router model and thus exploit possible security gaps.
  • Select the WPA encryption method: Usually you will be offered WEP or WPA encryption. WEP is an outdated standard andshould not be chosen. Definitely choose WPA, or even better the more modern standard WPA2 (or WPA2-PSK, WPA2 AES or WPA2 CCMP). You can find out the exact difference between WEP and WPA here. If you still have old WLAN devices that do not support the WPA2 method, you can also use the WPA + WPA2 method. Then, depending on the compatibility, a switch is made between WPA and WPA2.
  • Network key: This is your WiFi password. You should definitely change the password given by the router here as well. You can find out how to create a strong password in this article.
  • Deactivate WPS: WPS enables a quick connection between WLAN devices and routers, such as a network printer. With some manufacturers, the connection to new devices is established after entering a four-digit PIN. So-called brute force tools could attack your network here. However, it is safer to manually establish a connection between new devices and WLAN.

conclusion: First change the router's SSID and use WPA2 in combination with one long password. You should then deactivate WPS in the router settings.