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Protect your WIFI from hackers

Post by mohsen01 on Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:20 pm


If you want to protected your Wireless to prevent your neighbors from using up your bandwidth, then sure that's a valid cause to protected your Wireless, however it really should not be your primary worry. The biggest issue with insecure WiFis happens when a hacker is able to connect to your WiFi he then can simply examine the information that's sent between you and the access point and expose your usernames, passwords or everything else that's sent between the devices, regardless of whether you are using SSL. This method of operation is known as "Man In The Middle" or MITM and it can be easily done by even a rookie hacker pretty quickly. Securing your Wireless will consider ably reduce the possibility of this occurring. The majority of hackers that aim to crack WiFi's will quickly give up trying to hack a secure wifi network as there area great number of insecure networks out there which prov idea much easier target.

All the approaches that are going to be talked about here demand that you log in to your router's user interface and change several of its configurations. If you don't know how to do this then review your router manufacturer's web site and find the manual for your particular product. Look for information about how to connect to that particular router's web interface.

1. Use a secure security encryption

Utilizing a secure encryption is an essential thing to do, it makes sure that you may only connect using a password. Choosing this options is usually done from the security tab in the Wireless setup menu. You'll be able to generally pick from three or four options: Disabled, WEP, WPA, WPA2. You must choose WPA2 or WPA - and absolutely on no account choose disabled or WEP! WEP encryption is an extremely broken encryption algorithm which might be broken in a few minutes by a completely amateur hacker. If your access point only supports WEP security but not WPA then you should replace that router Immediately.

2. Utilize a strong encryption password
I'm certain you hear this phrase a lot "Use a robust password" and many people are thinking to themselves that on WiFis it's not really that critical, well I've got news for you - On WiFis it's incredibly important make use of strong passwords. Its quite simple for a hacker to use a software program that tests the Wireless for countless password combinations in mere minutes and crack it. Make use of at least 8 to 10 characters and a mixture of numbers, special symbols and letters. Avoid the use of dates, names (including pet names) or telephones numbers - That is the very first thing hackers try.

3. Replace the SSID name

The SSID is the name of your wireless network, it's that name you select from the list of close by networks when you try to connect. It's advised that you alter that name and not make use of the default one. Modify it to a name that isn't going to completely reveal who's the owner of this network, such as your surname - this is particularly essential if you're living in a dense population location for instance an apartment building.

4. Limit the Wifi's range
Restricting the transmission range will reduce the chance of a hacker attempting to hack your network. In many houses the Wireless may be discovered from the outside of it and there is normally no reason for this. Restrict the transmission range, go outside your property and check to find out if it could bed is covered from there. When possible you could relocate your wireless router to them iddle of the house hold to achieve maximum reception without creating blind spots brought on by the limited Wireless range.

5. Alter the wireless router's web interface security password
The router's password is the password you have to type when ever logging in to the web interface. Technically if a hacker can access the wireless router's web interface then it's already far too late and he or she has gained access to the network already, but nonetheless, this is a great precaution step to take and it will restrict the control that this hacker has over your network. Change the password to a one that'shard to guess and is different than the one used for the encryption.

6. Examine who's connected to the wireless network
If you worry that someone is using your WiFi then almost all routers have a feature that enables you to check out the IP and MAC addresses of each device that is connected to your router. You can go over that list and ensure that you know each of the devices. This list is normallynamed active DHCP list or something similar.


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