How Do I Connect to Unsecured Wi-Fi On Windows 10? (Step-by-Step Instructions)

While the history of Wi-Fi is pretty long, it was not until a couple of decades ago that it was available commercially. It became increasingly popular over time, and now almost every home worldwide has Wi-Fi.

With the advent of mobile communication, more mobile facilities, such as public Wi-Fi hotspots, entered the market. However, not all Wi-Fi networks are secured. In this post, we have prepared a guide on how to connect to unsecured Wi-Fi on Windows 10.

How Do I Connect to Unsecured Wi-Fi On Windows 10

Sometimes, you will encounter a message that says you have connected to an unsecured Wi-Fi network. You will be surprised that some networks still use older Wi-Fi security standards, such as WEP and TKIP. Follow these methods to fix this issue:

  • Go to Wireless Setup.
  • Check your wireless encryption and make sure it has at least WPA2 encryption (WPA3 is the latest protocol, but it’s still new, and not many devices have the capability yet). 
  • Don’t keep the default Wi-Fi name (SSID) – it will give a clue on what brand your router is, which makes it an easier target to hackers and cybercriminals. Change your Wi-Fi name (SSID) to something else that’s unrelated to brands or specific names. 

Connecting to Unsecure Wi-Fi Networks on Windows 10

Windows used to connect to open Wi-Fi hotspots automatically, but that has changed. However, you can still connect to the Wi-Fi hotspots you’ve joined before. This won’t happen with new and unknown Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Anyway, you can always connect to any Wi-Fi network (including unsecured ones) appearing in the list of available networks. Here’s the guide to joining the Wi-Fi network if you’re using Windows 10:

  • Look at the bottom-right corner of the screen to find the Wi-Fi network icon.
  • When you click on the icon, you’ll see a list of wireless networks available around your computer (usually, your home Wi-Fi network will have the strongest signal since it’s right there, close to your computer).
  • Choose the unsecured Wi-Fi network that you want to connect to.

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  • If it’s an open network, all you need to do is click on the network, and you’re in. But most Wi-Fi networks have a password you need to key in before gaining access.
  • That’s it, and you’re connected to the unsecured Wi-Fi network.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is it safe to connect to public Wi-Fi networks?

Answer: Public Wi-Fi networks are usually unsecured, but you’ll not immediately experience security issues when you connect to one. It’s essential to understand the exposure to malicious online acts and take the necessary precautions to stay safe when you join such networks

For example, you can connect via a VPN, which stands for Virtual Private Network. When you join the network using a VPN, other users on the network cannot see you since your device will be “invisible”. In addition, you will also disguise all your online activities during your connection period. 

Security Risks of Public Wi-Fi Networks

Question: What limitations should you have when using public Wi-Fi?

Answer: You should avoid doing online activities that require entering sensitive personal information, such as your social security number, bank account number, or even your home or office address. Imagine if any of this information falls into the wrong hands – you could end up losing money on properties.

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Question: What should I do if I cannot join an unsecured network?

Answer: Please follow these steps:

  • Go to the network settings by clicking on the Windows logo at the bottom-left corner.
  • Click on the gear-like settings icon.
  • Select Network & Internet.
  • Select Wi-Fi from the menu on the left.
  • Select Manage known networks.
  • Select the unsecured network in question.
  • Click on the Forget box.
  • Next, try to connect to the network again from scratch and see if it works this time.

Question: How to update my home Wi-Fi network’s Security Settings? 

Answer: Follow these three steps to update security settings on your home Wi-Fi network:

  • When you first set up your router, you’d have a default username and password. It’s highly recommended that you change these credentials to make your network safer and upgrade its security measures.

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  • Change your Wi-Fi Security Settings – Click on Configure Firewall and Security settings on your Wi-Fi network page. You can configure any setting that you wish.

Question: What are the steps involved in securing your Wi-Fi network?

Answer: Stick to the following steps to secure your Wi-Fi network:

  • As mentioned before, you will have a default Wi-Fi name (SSID) – change it to another name, preferably a name that doesn’t give a clue on what brands or types of router you use, e.g., MyNighthawk or MyTPLink.
  • Also, change the default Wi-Fi password – try to create a strong password that contains a combination of letters, numbers, and allowed special characters. The more unique and complicated, the better.
  • While most routers come with standard encryption, the feature is not active by default. Therefore, make sure you turn on the encryption settings with the latest or most used protocol like WPA2 or WPA3 (although WPA3 is still new and not available on most devices).
  • Update your router’s firmware regularly.


Hopefully, you can now connect to unsecured Wi-Fi on Windows 10. This comes in handy when you’re out on the move and don’t want to waste your cellular data when you have free Wi-Fi to join. A point to note, though, is when you join unsecured Wi-Fi, you are jeopardizing the safety of your device and your data.

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