5 Ways to Stop Your Neighbours from Stealing Your Wi-Fi

There are many factors that can decrease your Internet speed. Bad cables, a malfunctioning router or outdated firmware are common culprits. But have you ever considered Wi-Fi theft? This could also considerably slow down your network speed.

There are many people who like to jump onto a network that’s not password protected. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your data plan, you need to take a few precautionary measures. Firstly, install an app like WiFi Patrol to track the speed of your connection. Then follow all the tips given below.


1.- Setting up a strong password

Hackers are a step ahead of the rest when it comes to cracking passwords. To protect your Wi-Fi network from outsiders, you must use a password that’s long and strong. Create passwords using numbers, nonsensical words, symbols, and capital letters. Don’t use your personal information in your password and consider changing your passwords after a month or two, to protect your devices.


2.- Check the encryption settings on your network

Without proper encryption anyone can view your network traffic. To run your network on a more secure protocol, you have to enable WPA2 encryption. To do this, connect your laptop to your router with an Ethernet cable. Now open your browser and type in the IP address of your router. Enter your username and password. If you haven’t set your own, use the default username and password to login. Click on the ‘Wireless’ Tab and then click on ‘Security’. Select WPA2 from the authentication type drop down menu. Select PSK and AES. Key in a strong password and apply your changes. Once you plug out the Ethernet cable, look for your SSID and enter the new password to wirelessly connect to the Internet.

3.- Choose the right SSID names

This one sounds a bit hilarious  but it may work. Don’t go with the default SSID name that came with your wireless router. You could change the name to something more serious like Virus93x instead. Hackers are more likely to look for networks with default SSID’s because it’s a sign that the user has spent less time trying to protect the network. If your neighbour is technically savvy, he’ll know this is just a network name used to scare off snoopers. Those who aren’t as technically savvy will fall for it.

4.- Hide your SSID

Go a step further and beef up network security by hiding your SSID. To turn off SSID broadcast, first sign in to your router to access the configuration page. Click on Wireless, then Security and disable the wireless router radio button. You might not find this button under the same menu for some router brands. If you look up the menus under Wireless Settings, you should find it. Hiding SSID broadcast doesn’t offer 100% protection. Hackers often use network sniffer programs to monitor network traffic and break into accounts.

5.- Use MAC address filtering

If you enable MAC address filtering, you will only allow devices with registered MAC addresses to connect to your network. To find the MAC addresses of the devices you use, open command prompt and type getmac /v /fo list. Hit enter. You’ll see the physical addresses of your network connection. This works for all versions of Windows. 

Now go to your router settings page by logging in. Next, go to Wireless Settings and click on Setup Access List under the Wireless Card Access List. Edit the list by adding the device name and the MAC address, and then click on Apply to save your changes.

Although MAC address filtering does add a layer of protection, it doesn’t stop hackers from accessing your network. Skilled hackers know how to fake MAC addresses and invade your home Wi-Fi network. It’s therefore important for you to enable WPA2 encryption. Also avoid accessing open Wi-Fi networks to browse the net. If your device is automatically connecting to an open network, go to Settings and click on Network and Internet. Click on Wi-Fi Settings and disable the Auto connect to open hotspots feature. This should protect your device from security risks.

I’m not sure I get the joke here. What is hilarious about choosing the right SSID names? The ‘Virus93x’might be considered hilarious, but it comes after the mention of “hilarious’…


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