How to Hide Wi-Fi Password

Wireless networks are less secure than wired networks. Wi-Fi passwords are hidden to avoid leaking of Wi-Fi passwords to anyone who has physical access to your device. We can hide Wi-Fi password by modifying windows registry.

Process to Hide Wi-Fi Password

  • To open ‘Registry Editor’, press ‘windows + R’, type ‘regedit’ and press ‘Enter’.
  • In the ‘Registry Editor’. Copy and paste the below line into the address bar and then Press ‘Enter’.
  • “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID{86F80216-5DD6-4F43-953B-35EF40A35AEE}”
  • Click the same registry key, then click ‘File’ on the top menu and choose ‘Export’ from the context menu to backup the key. You can save the registry key on your desktop or some other location you can easily find.
  • Right-click on the sub key named “{86F80216-5DD6-4F43-953B-35EF40A35AEE}” in the left-side panel and then click ‘Permissions’ from the drop-down menu.
  • Tap on ‘Advanced’ button.
  • Click on the ‘Change’ in front of ‘TrustedInstaller’.
  • In Select User or Group window, click the ‘Advanced’ button in the lower-left corner.
  • Now, click ‘Find Now’ button. Select the name of your ‘Administrators’ group from the search results and then click OK.
  • Back to the previous window, see the name of your Administrators group filled in the ‘Enter the object name to select’ box, then tap on ‘Check Names’ button to validate the account name and tap on ‘OK’ button.
  • Now, back to the Advanced Security Settings window, the Owner of the key has been changed to your Administrators group and tap on ‘OK’ button.
  • Back to the Permissions window, choose the ‘Administrators’ group and then click the Allow check box next to the ‘Full Control’ permission. Tap on ‘OK’ button
  • On the Wi-Fi network adapter’s Properties window, Click on ‘Security’ tab and type ‘security key’ into the ‘Network security key’ box to unable to view Wi-Fi password any longer.
  • Back to the Registry Editor, delete the registry key named {86F80216-5DD6-4F43-953B-35EF40A35AEE}. This will disable the ”Show characters” function in the Wireless Network Properties to hide your Wi-Fi password from your computer windows.
  • After complete all process, restart your computer.

From now on, you will no longer be able to view your Wi-Fi password from the Wi-Fi network adapter’s Properties window because the Show characters function has been disabled. When you check the Show characters box, the Wi-Fi password will still be hidden.

Steps to Check Show characters Function is Disable or Not

  • Press ‘Window’ key and type ‘Network Connections’ on the Search box.
  • In the search result, click on the ‘View network connections’.
  • In the ‘Network Connections’ window, double-click on the ‘Wi-Fi adapter’.
  • In the ‘Network Properties’ window, tap on ‘Wireless Properties’ button.
  • In ‘Wireless Network Properties’ window, click on ‘Security’ tab and check the box ‘Show characters’.
  • Here, you will see the security key in the form of dots not characters.
  • So, no one can collect the security key of the Wi-Fi from your computer.

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