Meaning Of Weak Security Warning On iPhone Or iPad

Apple added a new alert in iOS 14. Your iPhone or iPad will alert you if your wireless (Wi-Fi) network is using weak security. To elaborate, this alert means that your Wi-Fi router is using an older encryption technology to protect the information flowing to and from all of the devices connected to your Wi-Fi network. The warning looks like the one shown below.

Wifi weak security warning







More specifically, your iPhone or iPad will display this alert if your Wi-Fi router is using any of the following outdated encryption technologies: WEP, WPA, or WPA2 (TKIP). Currently, only WPA2 (AES) and WPA3 are considered secure. 

If you tap the tiny icon of a lowercase letter i that appears next to the Weak Security warning, Apple discloses the same information as shown in the image below.

Weak Wi-Fi Security Details








The recommended solution is to do either of the following:

  • Reconfigure your Wi-Fi router to use the newer, secure encryption technologies.
  • Replace your aging router with a newer router that does support these newer encryption technologies.

The exact steps involved in reconfiguring your Wi-Fi router vary from router to router. As a first step, you might want to simply search the Internet to determine if your Wi-Fi router supports either WPA2 (AES) or WPA3. Then, check your router manufacturer’s website for instructions or hire a consultant to help you reconfigure it, if that’s an option. If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) provides you with your Wi-Fi router, please contact them for assistance with reconfiguring your Wi-Fi router.

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