Thursday, 20 February 2014

Wi-Fi hijacking by neighbors


The usual complaint against strong passwords—they’re too hard to remember and type—doesn’t apply here. You only have to type this password when setting up a new Wi-Fi-capable device, or when helping a guest who brought their own device to your home. You can just keep the password on a scrap of paper—or in your password manager.

Since you and other people will likely be typing this password manually from time to time, avoid lower-case L, upper-case I and O, and the digits 1 and 0. This will avoid confusion when people read the password and recreate it on a keyboard.

Test the password’s strength with How Secure is My Password, which estimates how long it would take a standard PC to crack your password. If it would take more than a million years to crack, consider the password safe.

The usual criticism against sturdy passwords—they’re too onerous to recollect and type—doesn’t apply here. you merely got to kind this countersign once putting in place a brand new Wi-Fi-capable device, or once serving to a guest WHO brought their own device to your home. you'll simply keep the countersign on a scrap of paper—or in your countersign manager.

Of course, if you’re worried that a neighbor has already cracked your Wi-Fi, changing the password will get them off of it immediately.

In addition to your password, make sure your Wi-Fi security is properly set up. Go into your router’s setting screen and check the options. Ideally, you should be using WPA2 encryption. If your modem doesn’t support WPA2, use WPA-Personal--or better yet, buy a new router.

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