Learn about Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) in Windows® 7
What is the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) property in Windows 7? What is the utility and are the drawbacks of this feature?
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is an old network, that is still available to support older device, but it is no longer recommended. When you enable Wired Equivalent Privacy, you have to set up a network security key. This key encrypts the information from one computer to another computer across your network. Wired Equivalent Privacy security is relatively easy to crack. The WEP are classified into two types such as shared key authentication and open system authentication. Windows 7 support this Wired Equivalent Privacy, but it is not much secure in this operating system. To open the setup network, first you have to click start button, and select the control panel, and then go to the search box. There you need to type network and click network and sharing center. Then you need to click 'setup a new connection' for network and then set up a new network.
The following are some of the details of WEP:
- Create network profile
- Open System Authentication
- Shared System Authentication
Create network profile
First you have to click the start button and open Network and sharing center. Next you have to select Control Panel. In the search box, type network and then you have to click Network and sharing. Next select the option 'Set up a new connection or network' and click manual connection to a wireless network and finally click next. Then enter the information in the add page, and select WAP. Then complete the remaining pages and then Click Next, and select change connection settings and click security Tab and select share and click ok.
Open System Authentication
The Wired Equivalent Privacy is classified into two types such as open system authentication and shared system authentication. This WEP security is relatively easy to crack. WEP enables a security key, this security key helps to transfer the data from one computer to another. The key offers good security to the computer.
The shared system authentication is secure. For wireless computers and wireless access point, the shared key authentication is the same as the static WEP encryption key. The static WEP encryption key is the key that provides security to your network. The WEP encryption key detects the various malicious threats that may be trying to access your network.
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