Written by Chienplus
"Wifi" a term used for Wireless Networking is very easily broken into by hackers. Sometimes people do not place encryption security on their wireless network at home or work. This means that there is no wireless security and that any person who is within range of your wifi network can get into your network and steal your internet, and possibly get into the files on your computer.
People who use WEP encryption are not secure either as many hackers can defeat WEP encryption.
Also people with weak security passwords are sometimes hacked by hackers.
I will teach you a simply way to secure your wireless network!
The first thing you must do have great wireless security is to access your wireless router. In your router manual, it will tell you the default IP address of your router. It is usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.1.254 but not in every case.
Your router has a default password as well and will be in your instruction manual or you may have already set up a password for your router.
In any case, open a web browser, and following the http:// put in the ip address of the router. Type in the user name and password, and you'll be accessing your router as if you were looking at a web page.
In most routers, you will have to go to the wireless section. Then you must access the wireless security section.
You will either want to use WPA, or WPA2. There is not an incredible amount of difference between the two in terms of people hacking you. The difference will be in the password strength you assign. Select WPA or WPA2, and then it will ask you for a password. WPA and WPA2 are the strongest types of wireless security encryption types.
You must make your password HARD to break. A hacker does not have to guess your password. There are huge archives of wordlists that they download and can run it against your wifi encrypted WPA or WPA2. Also, they can generate variables to the word list.
So if your dog named "snuggles" is your usual password, think of a better one to secure your wireless network.
You want to use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. You also want to make the password at least 16-18 characters long.
Bad passwords would be:
Good passwords would be:
Be sure to write down your password!
YOUR ROUTER MAY put out a huge 128 crocheter string of "garbage" looking stuff when you assign it your password. This is the "KEY" to the pass word you assigned. Copy this and save to a file or print it. Some wifi adapters need this key rather than a password.
Finally after you choose your password, you will assign it or click "OK". Your wireless router will most likely reboot itself. Now, you will see your wifi adapter on your computer disconnect, because you have not yet assigned your wifi adapter the new password you set.
From Windows usually there is a signal quality meter (as well as linux). Either way you must access your wifi adapter. Go into the security settings, select WPA or WPA2 (whichever you put in the router) and enter your password or PASTE the long 128 character of "garbage" that the router gave. Click OK and your wifi will be back on the wireless network. You have now have very strong wireless security on your network.