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Hi all,

I want to disable show characters in network security key and if not possible is there any way to hide my wireless network security key?

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by:rl3
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What client are you using?  What OS?
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Are kind of device are you referring to?
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by:rindi
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Also, what kind of security key are you talking about? Wireless? WPA-PSK? WPA2-PSK?
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I am using win7 and I am talking about WPA2-PSK wireless network.

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Open the network and sharing center, select "Manage Wireless Networks", then right click your connection and select "Properties", then the "Security" tab, and then make sure the check box "Show Characters" isn't selected. Repeat that for your other connections.
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Hi rindi,

Yes I already did but anyone can select the (Show Characters) to see the key.

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Not if they are standard users without admin rights. If such a user tries to put a check mark in the box, he's asked to enter an administrator's user name and his password.
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Hi rindi,

How can I do this because I don't have a domian controller or policy group I don't have a server and some laptops are belong to user not our property.

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Obviously you can't prevent users from doing anything they want on a laptop they own. But you can still make sure no user has the the password to an administrator's account, and can only logon using a standard account on PC's they don't own. You don't need servers or Active Directory for that.

Actually all PC's should always be setup that way so that the normal working account a user uses is a standard account, not an Administrator's account. No one should ever use an administrator's account for normal use. That protects the OS and the user from malware and problems that can happen the other way.
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