How to Fix the "This WiFi Uses An Older Security Standard" Issue in Windows 10

How to Fix the "This WiFi Uses An Older Security Standard" Issue in Windows 10

Wi-Fi security is crucial for protecting your personal information and ensuring a safe browsing experience. However, you might encounter a warning on your Windows 10 device that says, "This WiFi uses an older security standard."

This message indicates that your Wi-Fi network is not using the latest security protocols, which can leave your data vulnerable to attacks. Here’s a comprehensive guide to understanding and resolving this issue.

Why This Message Appears?​

The warning message appears because Windows 10 detects that your Wi-Fi network uses outdated security protocols such as WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) or TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol). These older standards have known vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.

Microsoft recommends using WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) or WPA3, which offer stronger encryption and improved security features.

How can I fix the WiFi uses an older security standard pop up?​

1. Check Your Router’s Security Settings

To enhance your Wi-Fi security, start by checking your router’s configuration:

  1. Access the Router Settings:
    • Open a web browser and enter your router’s IP address. Common addresses are or Check your router's manual for the exact address.
    • Enter the administrator username and password. If you haven't changed these from the default settings, you can find them in the router’s manual or on a sticker on the router itself.
  2. Update the Security Protocol:
    • Navigate to the wireless settings or security settings section.
    • Look for the security options and select WPA2 or WPA3. If your router does not support these options, consider upgrading to a newer model.
    • Save the changes and reboot your router.

2. Update Your Network Adapter Drivers

Outdated network adapter drivers can cause compatibility issues with newer security protocols. Ensure your drivers are up to date:

  1. Open Device Manager:
    • Press Win + X and select Device Manager.
  2. Update the Driver:
    • Expand the Network adapters section.
    • Right-click your wireless adapter and select Update driver.
    • Choose Search automatically for updated driver software and follow the prompts.

3. Select a Newer Security Mode via the Router’s Admin Page​

Users who spot an “isn’t secure” notification should select a newer encryption method, such as AES or WPA2, on their routers’ admin pages.

  1. To open a router’s admin page, users will need to get their IP address by pressing the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.
  2. Enter ‘cmd’ in Run’s Open box, and click the OK option.
  3. Then input ‘ipconfig’ in the Command Prompt window that opens, and press the Enter key.
    ipconfig command this wifi network uses an older security standard
  4. Then, note down the Default Gateway number. Alternatively, users can copy it to the clipboard by selecting the number and pressing the Ctrl + C hotkey.
  5. Paste the Default Gateway number in a browser’s URL bar by pressing the Ctrl + V hotkey, and press the Enter key. That should open a router admin page like the one shown directly below. A router admin page this wifi network uses an older security standard
  6. Next, enter the required login details to log in to the router admin page. The router’s instruction manual should include the login details for that page, and the router’s rating plate might also include those details.
  7. As router admin pages don’t have the same UI, specific instructions for selecting a new security mode can’t be provided. Look for a tab that includes Wi-Fi security settings on it.
  8. Then select a WPA2 or AES option, which a Security Mode drop-down menu might include.
  9. Select a Save or Apply option.

4. Change Wi-Fi Network on Windows 10

If your router supports WPA2 or WPA3 but the message still appears, try reconnecting to your Wi-Fi network:

  1. Forget the Network:
    • Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.
    • Click Manage known networks, select your network, and click Forget.
  2. Reconnect to the Network:
    • Click the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar.
    • Select your network and connect to it again. Ensure you are using the correct password if prompted.

Additional Tips​

  • Firmware Update: Ensure your router’s firmware is up to date. Check the manufacturer's website for the latest updates and follow their instructions to apply them.
  • Router Upgrade: If your router is old and doesn’t support WPA2 or WPA3, it’s time to invest in a new one. Modern routers offer better performance, more features, and enhanced security.
Addressing the "This WiFi Uses An Older Security Standard" issue is essential for maintaining a secure and reliable internet connection.

By updating your router’s security settings, ensuring your network adapter drivers are current, and reconnecting to your network, you can safeguard your personal information against potential threats. Prioritize upgrading to the latest security standards to enjoy a safer browsing experience on your Windows 10 device.
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