Have you ever wondered what you’re wifi name was? This is your SSID. This network marker is how we can all distinguish between the proper network to connect to when looking to tune into the wisdom of the internet.
Knowing how to access your SSID is important because SSID (Service Set Identifier) is the name of your wireless network and you need it to connect your devices to the internet. By accessing your SSID, you can change your network settings, add or remove devices, improve your network security, and troubleshoot connectivity issues.
We’ve all been there where we are trying to connect to the proper network, wondering what the free Wi-Fi password is. But have you ever lost your way while trying to locate the network? On new devices, it can be incredibly frustrating.
Many moms may be reading this and thinking of attempting to connect their child’s new tablet or whatever device they may have gotten for a birthday or Christmas. If the tablet doesn’t have a familiar interface like Windows or Apple, it could be challenging to locate the network to connect to the internet. And the internet is essentially the most important function of most tech.
Find It By…
However, if you are operating on a laptop, something that has a pretty common interface, then the following would be how to locate your SSID. First, you will want to Click on the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar. Next, select “Network & Internet settings” and then click on “Wi-Fi” and select “Hardware properties”. Scroll down and look for the “Network Name” or “SSID” field. The SSID will be listed there. Alternatively, you can open the Command Prompt and type “netsh wlan show profile” to view a list of saved Wi-Fi networks and their SSIDs.
During the infancy of computer tech, they established SSIDs to allow multiple wireless networks to coexist in the same physical area without interfering with each other. It allows different wireless devices to differentiate between various networks and connect to the desired one.
This bit of information can be quite helpful if you are attempting to rename your network or change the password. We recommend having a password unless you are offering free WiFi. This is mostly applicable to those in a professional setting. As a small business, you may want to offer WiFi to assist with day-to-day business, entertain your waiting customers, or simply find yourself handing out the wifi password often.
It Protects By…
The SSID of your network is not inherently risky, but it can be used by attackers to identify your network and potentially launch attacks. It is recommended to change the default SSID and use strong encryption keys to secure your network. Additionally, it’s important to keep your router’s firmware updated and to use strong passwords for both your network and router login.
If you have an open WiFi network with no password, this will leave you more susceptible to these kinds of threats. But if you are operating a business and trust those you work with or welcome into your business, you shouldn’t have much to worry about. If you have highly sensitive information, however, you’ll want to make sure that you have passwords set up. This is common sense and just overall better for business.
Although this is only a snippet of information on your SSID, we know it will be helpful to those seeking this exact bit of information. Someone has to hold it down for the clueless parents and technically disadvantaged and we are happy to assist!