Windows remembers the WiFi password so that you don’t have to enter it every time you want to connect to the WiFi. But, as this make your life easy, this also prone to expose the security key of your WiFi connection. Anyone accessing your computer can ‘steal‘ the WiFi password under a minute.
In Network Connections window, you can access the properties of the network adapter you are using. In Network Properties window, by clicking on “Wireless Properties” you can see the Network security key (password).
How to hide Wireless network password-
Hiding the Network Security key on your computer will solve this issue.
1. Click on Search box beside Windows icon and type “regedit“, click on “Registry Editor” in the elevated search result.
Click on “Yes” when you are prompted by User Account Control.
Registry Editor window will be opened.
2. In Registry Editor window, click on “File” on the menu-bar and then click on “Export” to create a backup of registry on your computer.
3. In Export Registry File window, choose a favorable location to store the backup on your computer. Then, name the backup as “Original Registry“.
4. Set the ‘Export Range‘ to “All” and then click on “Save” to save the registry backup on your computer.
If anything goes wrong, you can simply recover your registry.
5. In Registry Editor window, navigate to this location on the left hand side-
Now, on the left hand side of Registry Editor window, right click on the key and then click on “Permissions“.
6. In Permissions window, click on “Advanced” to modify the advanced settings.
7. Now, click on “Change” beside ‘Owner:‘ to modify the ownership of the file.
8. In Select Groups window, type “Administrators” in ‘Enter the object names to select:‘ tab.
9. Click on “Check Names” to check if the name is correct.
10. Finally, click on “OK” to add administrators in the list of permitted user of the folder.
11. Coming back to the Advanced Security Settings window, under ‘Permission entries:‘ click on to select a parameter and then click on “Remove” to remove it.
Repeat this step to remove all the permission entries except “System“.
12. Click on “Apply” and then click on “OK” to save the changes on your computer.
Close Registry Editor.
Now, if you want to check if this works follow these steps-
1. Click on the Search box beside Windows icon and type “Network Connections“.
Network Connections window will be opened.
2. Now, double click on the ‘WiFi adapter‘ to view the WiFi Status.
3. In Network Properties window, clicking on “Wireless Properties“.
4. In Wireless Network Properties window, go to “Security” tab and then check the box “Show characters“.
You will not see the security key but some dots.
From now on, no one can collect the security key of the WiFi from your Windows 10 computer.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.