Like any other protocols, WiFi network security protocols get older. If you connect to a WiFi network and receive a message saying – Wi-Fi network not secure in Windows 10, it means security used by the WiFi network is a lower security standard or encryption. In this post, we talk about how Windows 10 is keeping you safe by not honoring those standards.
Wi-Fi network Not secure in Windows 10
Starting with Windows 10 v1903, when you connect to a Wi-Fi network that’s not secure, i.e., that uses WEP or TKIP for encryption, you will receive this message. These security standards are older and have known flaws. While you cannot do much to fix it unless the network is under your control, here are possible solutions:
- Connect to another network
- Change Security settings of your Router
- Change Router or WiFi network device
1] Connect to another network
When you receive this message, and you are on a public network, it is best to disconnect from that network and look for another network. If there is no other network, use your mobile hotspot.
2] Change Security settings of your Router
If you own the Router or WiFi network, change the encryption type. It is usually available where you configure your WiFi settings such as SSID, password, encryption, and so on. Make sure not to use WEP or TKIP or its combination. Have a look at the router settings below.
The WEP option is available under Security dropdown, and there is an option to chose TKIP. Instead, I should be using AES. AES is a newer Wi-Fi encryption solution used by the new-and-secure WPA2 standard. As the mode is set to auto, the router will configure to use AES when I select WPA/WPA2 security.
3] Change Router or WiFi network device
If you have an older router or access point which does not support WPA/WPA2 and AES, its best to upgrade to a new Router that supports the latest security standards and improvements.
I guess its time for me to upgrade my WiFi Router at the office which doesn’t support WPA. If that’s the case with you as well, its time to upgrade.