By default, many routers have a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) that allows you to connect to your router without needing its SSID and password. However, WPS makes your router vulnerable hacker attacks. Therefore, you may want to disable WPS in some cases. Below we will see how to disable WPS as well as the pros and cons of keeping WPS active.
How to enable / disable WPS
There are two ways to manually turn WPS on and off.
If your router allows you to disable WPS, you should be able to do so using your router’s web-based configuration interface:
1. To begin, open your browser.
2. Access your router’s web-based configuration interface. You can usually do this by entering the IP address of your router in the address bar of your browser.
To find your IP address, follow the instructions here.
Each router manufacturer has their own configuration interface, which means the next step in the process of disabling WPS may vary from router to router. In most cases, however, you should be able to disable WPS using the settings on the Wi-FI Protected Setup or WPS menu or tab.
On a Belkin router, for example, the WPS section will be listed under “Wireless” in the sidebar of the main interface. From there, disabling WPS is as easy as switching from “On” to “Off” using the drop-down menu.
If you’re not sure whether or not WPS is enabled on your router – or includes WPS to begin with – you should be able to find out from this interface as well.
With some routers, you can also manually turn WPS on or off using a button on the back of the router.
Some routers do not allow users to disable WPS. In such cases, you will not find a button to disable WPS or a setting on your router’s configuration interface. If you want to disable WPS, your only option may be to switch to another router.
Pros and Cons of Using WPS
The biggest benefit of leaving WPS active is convenience. With WPS enabled, you can connect any device to your router without needing your router’s ID or password. This can save you a bit of time when connecting new devices, and it will also allow you to connect devices whether or not you remember your router’s password.
However, WPS also presents a pretty serious security risk which cannot really be avoided. When WPS is enabled, hackers can guess your router’s password over and over until they’ve done it correctly. If you have not yet taken steps to improve the security of your router, your router may be particularly vulnerable.
Once a hacker has your password, they have access to your internet connection, which they can use for just about anything they want, until you reset your router’s password. .
If you want to use WPS, you need to weigh the time it can save against the potential headache posed by a successful attack on your router.
When to use the WiFi protected setup
The answer is, you shouldn’t even consider using it. WPS presents some pretty serious security risks. In general, it’s a good idea to turn this setting off unless you really need the convenience it offers.
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