How to find your security wireless network key

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How to find your security wireless network key
Retrieve your wireless network key from your Network Preferences. (Key image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from

Your wireless security key is a unique password assigned to your wireless network, which safeguards your network from unauthorised users. This network key can usually be found in your wireless settings located in the Keychain Access application on Macintosh computers, and in the Network Preferences located in the Control Panel on a Windows-based computer. Do not give your network key to anyone you do not trust, as the key allows access to your Internet connection and access to your computer, which leaves your personal information vulnerable.

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    Wireless Key Location for Macintosh Computers

  1. 1

    Click "Go" at the top of your screen, and click "Utilities" from the drop-down menu.

  2. 2

    Double-click the "Keychain Access" icon and double-click your network name from the list.

  3. 3

    Check the box next to "Show password" and enter your Mac system administrator password.

  4. 4

    Click the "Allow" button. Your network key will appear in the box next to "Show password."

    Network Key Location on PC

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" menu and click "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Click the "Network and Internet" link, and click the "Network and Sharing Center" link. For Windows XP, click the "Network and Internet Connections" link and click "Network Connections."

  3. 3

    Click "Manage wireless networks" on the sidebar of the window and right-click your network. Select "Properties" from the pop-up menu.

  4. 4

    Click the "Security" tab on the window, and check the box next to "Show characters" to view the network key.

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