January 31, 2023
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What is Wi-Fi security and its types. Everythink about the Wi-Fi security

What is Wi-Fi security and its types. Everythink about the Wi-Fi security

What is Wi-Fi security?

Wi-Fi security is designed to prevent unauthorized access to devices on your wireless network. Most home routers offer several security modes with different levels of protection. The Wi-Fi security types supported by Nanit range from more secure to less secure.

Types of Wi-Fi security

  • WPA2
  • WPA
  • WEP

The Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) Protocol

WEP is the oldest type of security that appeared in the computer world in 1997. Because of that time, WEP is still widely used in older systems. WEP is considered the least secure of all protocols.

The Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) Protocol

WPA became the successor to WEP because a flaw was found in WEP. There are additional features compared to its older brother, such as the Temporary Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP). This feature was a dynamic 128-bit key, which was more difficult to decipher than a static, immutable WEP key.

He also introduced a message integrity check that scans for modified packets sent by hackers.

The Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) Protocol

WPA2 is the successor to WPA and combines more features. Replaced TKIP with Cryptographic Blockchain Message Protocol (CCMP) in counter mode. This has improved data encryption.

WPA2 has proven to be very successful and has held the position of the leading protocol since 2004. In fact, on March 13, 2006, the Wi-Fi Alliance stated that WPA2 should be used on all future Wi-Fi branded devices.

Nanit supports WPA2, WPA, and WEP encryption, but we recommend that you protect your network only with WPA2. WPA2 provides the most secure experience with Nanit and personal data.

Note: If you choose to change the type of network security, devices using WEP encryption will be disabled. Check your device settings if necessary and change the security type to WPA2. Nanit works best with WPA2-AES (usually the default). We do not recommend using WPA2-TKIP.

How do  I know which security type I’m using?

Using your mobile device, you may be able to determine the security type from your device’s Wi-Fi settings. To check the encryption type:
  1. Open the Settings app on your mobile device
  2. Access the Wi-Fi connection settings
  3. Find your wireless network on the list of available networks
  4. Tap the network name or info button to pull up the network configuration
  5. Check the network configuration for the security type

If your mobile device settings do not specify a security type, you can use your wireless router settings to determine this. Each router may be different, so please refer to the documentation that came with your device. Alternatively, if your router is configured by your ISP, we recommend that you contact your ISP for assistance.

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