How do I know if my Wi-Fi is WPA3?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

To determine if your Wi-Fi network is using WPA3 encryption, you can follow these steps:

1. Locate the Wi-Fi network icon on the right side of the taskbar on your computer or device. It typically looks like a series of curved lines or bars.

2. Click on the Wi-Fi network icon to open the network menu. This will display a list of available Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity.

3. Identify the Wi-Fi network that you are currently connected to. It should be highlighted or labeled with a checkmark, indicating that it is the active network.

4. Right-click on the Wi-Fi network name and select “Properties” from the context menu. This will open the properties window for your Wi-Fi network.

5. In the Wi-Fi network properties window, look for the “Security type” or “Encryption type” information. This section will provide details about the security protocol being used by your Wi-Fi network.

6. If your Wi-Fi network is using WPA3 encryption, you should see “WPA3” listed as the security type. This indicates that your network is secured using the latest and most advanced Wi-Fi security standard.

It’s worth noting that not all Wi-Fi networks support WPA3 encryption. Older networks or devices may still use older security protocols like WPA2 or even WEP. If you don’t see “WPA3” listed as the security type, it’s likely that your Wi-Fi network is using a different encryption method.

In some cases, your device or operating system may not explicitly mention “WPA3” as the security type. Instead, it may use terms like “WPA3-Personal” or “WPA3-SAE” to indicate the specific subtype of WPA3 being used. Regardless of the terminology used, the presence of any reference to WPA3 indicates that your Wi-Fi network is utilizing this advanced encryption standard.

If you don’t have access to the Wi-Fi network properties or are unable to find the security type information, you can also check your router’s settings. Access your router’s administration interface through a web browser by typing in the router’s IP address. Look for the wireless settings or security settings section, where you should find information about the security protocol in use.

In summary, to determine if your Wi-Fi is using WPA3, you can check the network properties on your device or access your router’s settings to find the security type information. Look for terms like “WPA3,” “WPA3-Personal,” or “WPA3-SAE” to confirm that your Wi-Fi network is using the latest and most secure encryption standard.