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HowTo: Prevent Wi-fi Hacking or Secure Your Wi-fi Network

The internet is one of the most important tools for communicating with others because the world is changing and so is your need to stay connected with the world around you. People make use of the internet for various reasons, for instance, for following the stock market, shopping, making travel plans, checking the weather, keeping up with what is happening in the world, and many more.

All this requires a high-speed internet connection from your internet service providers. Regarding this, a wireless internet connection has proved to be the best option. This is because it is reliable, faster, and more affordable than satellite broadband. It provides you the fastest transmission as compared to others. Additionally, you do not need to experience any hassle that cable networks bring to you.

However, a wireless internet connection always has to face a major challenge, i.e. internet security. Since there are countless hackers out there, your internet connection can be in danger because they can hack it easily. You might find the speed of your internet connection slowing down. The main reason behind this situation can be that a person has hacked your network and you are unable to have access over it.

Your access to the internet will be limited unless you block hijackers to have access over it. Since millions of people go through the same security risks while using wireless internet connections, experts recommend some measures to secure your internet from hijackers.

Change Your Admin Username and Password

Your wireless internet connection will have higher probability of getting hijacked if you have been using it with its default configuration. This happens frequently because while trying to access your internet, hijackers check whether you have changed your router’s configuration from default to another admin password or not. If it is still set as default, then they can have access to your network easily.

Therefore, the first step is to change your admin password to avoid any attack. You can do it by changing your details through which you access your internet. For instance, you can add your own username in the accessibility settings. Others will not succeed in guessing your username that easily.

Disable SSID

You can inform others that you have a wireless internet connection if your SSID is enabled by default. Through SSID, your network signals are sent out to other computers and this is how hackers can know about your internet connection. It increases the chances of being hacked. Therefore, it is best if you disable SSID of your wireless internet connection. You can maintain your privacy this way and limit it to only you and your family.

Replace WAP with WEP

An internet security feature known as Wireless Connection Authentication is used for protecting your wireless internet connection from hackers. It is available in two forms, i.e. Wired Equipment Protocol (WEP) and WAP. The purpose of these features is to protect your network by a password.

Therefore, you can feel free from stress. It is better for you that you prefer WEP over WAP because using WAP is not as reliable as using WEP to secure your internet connection. WEP is considered the most effective for preventing hackers to access your connection.

Limit Accessibility by Using MAC Address

Whether you have a wired or a wireless connection, your network card consists of an identifier that is unique. It is known as a MAC address. Regarding this, you can make customized settings in your router which will only enable connections from MAC addresses that you have specified. Your wireless network will remain secured this way.

For doing this, you need to know the MAC address of your network card. Now you have to search for MAC addresses that you want to feel secure with. After that, you can take instructions on how to secure your MAC address by visiting the website of the company that manufactured the router of your wireless connection. This should not be difficult but you can also consult IT professionals or internet service providers for their support or If you face any small issue you can always ask me in the comments.

If you are feeling lazy to follow these simple steps then let me tell you the three main reasons for which you should follow the above mentioned practices.

  1. If some freeloader is accessing you wifi and you are on pay per usage plan then you are screwed.. BIGtime..
  2. If some one is hacking into your wifi and using it then you’ll experience slow speed as your net speed will be distributed between you two.
  3. And this goes without saying that any one can misuse your internet for any offense or crime and you may end up arrested. This has happened a lot of time with a lot of people..

So don’t be lazy and follow these simple steps and prevent you wifi from being hacked.

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