Is Your Wi-Fi Leaking? How To Stop Internet Thieves
First off, let’s define what is Wi-Fi leaking.
Wi-Fi leakages normally refer to one of two things:
1. People stealing your Internet
2. People stealing your information
However, if you’ve set up everything correctly, chances that someone will even dare to steal and of your precious bandwidth are close to 0%.
Luckily for you, today we’re going to show you our best practices to keep those internet swipers away from your speedy internet browsing and your precious data.
How To Stop Wi-Fi Leaking
Your router is the gatekeeper of your internet: it is the one thing that ensures you that you’re the only one using it.
If you believe, however, that someone is using your internet and is leeching off your bandwidth, there are a few things you can do to stop them:
1. Change your password.
You must make sure you change your password as soon as possible. You must also make sure that no one of your neighbors has any idea what it would be. (Don’t name it after your pet or simply make it all numbers from 1 to 6.)
2. Disable WPS.
Yes, WPS might be outdated, but it still does help. Even a WPS secured Wi-Fi can be accessed through brute force and general exploits.
3. Enable WPA2.
This is the ultimate powerhouse. WPA2 encryptions are viewed as the strongest defense mechanism. Other encryptions prove to be helpful too, but they can all be hacked into with more powerful tools and computers.
Unbreakable Password Guide
Many people would choose a password that’s easy to remember. I did too. My password required me to write 7 symbols that had to be numbers and a letter. So, being as sharp as a knife, I wrote a123456.
Needless to say, a few months later when I checked how many people are connected to my Wi-Fi, I found out that I was sharing my bandwidth with at least 2 more people.
Sharing is caring. NOT.
The ideal password consists of:
1. Special characters.
2. Letters (lower AND uppercase)
The key is to use all of the available characters. You might as well make it impossible to remember. Something along the lines of @4A/Hf5#s and so on.
That way people who are using tools that guess passwords will have huge trouble trying to get onto your Wi-Fi.
You don’t have to remember your password. You should write it down on a note with a pen or a note on your phone. Just make sure it’s on a piece that you won’t lose.
If you’re living in a more crowded area, you should definitely change your password every few months.
You might be thinking, why would somebody need to hack into my Wi-Fi so bad – let me answer that.
Somebody can simply get himself a tool and try to guess your password every day, at least 10-20 times if he does that, he’ll be saving AT LEAST $20 a month, depending on the plan YOU are using.
Check If Somebody Is Using Your Wi-Fi
No matter how much protection you add, how hard of a password you put in or how tough encryption you add, if there are people using your Wi-Fi, all of that is futile.
So, what can we do to make sure nobody is using our precious bandwidth?
First off, you need to log into your router, if you are having trouble with that or you can’t figure out what’s the IP for it, you should contact your supplier.
When you’re logged into your router, you need to look for one of the following:
1. Attached Devices
2. Device List
There might be another similar section, but the general idea of this is to find what are the connected devices and if there are any that you aren’t familiar with.
When you get to the list, you should be able to tell from first glance.
After you make sure which ones aren’t yours, what you should do is try to find an option to either Block, Remove or Delete the device.
So now that you’ve removed all the unknown devices, you might as well change the password once more, just in case. Even if you change only one symbol from it.
You can do this procedure once every few months, just to make sure that what you pay for is yours to have.
If you, however, want to take measures even further, you can:
1. Hide the device’s SSID or rename it to something more unique
2. Change your Wi-Fi’s admin password
3. Enable the firewall on your router, if possible
An additional thing you could do is to update the router’s firmware, most of the people who own routers don’t even know that the router has its own software, so they rarely(if ever) update that.
A minor update could hold a fix that might get your security levels even higher.
After you’ve done everything, you can even set up a booster to make your signal stronger.