Wifi should be easy for you to access, but not the hackers. Read this guide to learn about WiFi hacking and how to prevent it.
Why steal home Wi-Fi access?
- Free Wi-Fi access with no legal paper trail
- Trying out hacking tools for “fun”
- Access to computers or smart devices on the network
How do hackers break in to Wi-Fi?
- The password is too short, on a list of common passwords, has been shared, or is on a list of common passwords.
- A network connected device was configured poorly or missed a security update
Keep Hackers off your Wi-Fi: Use Strong Passwords
Create a password that holds up to hackers in three easy steps.
- Make up a 4-letter acronym (GYSR)
- Expand it to a phrase (GetYourSwingsetReady)
- Optionally, spice it up. (getYOURswingsetready!)
Use guest Wi-Fi feature instead of sharing your password.
Enable guest Wi-Fi on your router so you don’t have to share your home Wi-Fi password. Think of it like guest towels, but for your friends’ phones.
Keep hackers off your Wi-Fi: Apply Updates
Update Router Settings
- Set a strong admin password
- Disable remote admin if you don’t use it
- Enable automatic updates
Apply updates to network devices
Most brands will notify you of updates if you register your product.
Set up a separate Wi-Fi network for smart devices.