Maintaining proper internet security methods especially on WiFi routers can be very hectic at times. Ancient security methods for example the use of WEP are easy to hack and eventually steal WiFi resulting to slow internet connectivity. It is however important to realize that not all slow WiFi network connections are as a result of hacking. Most hackers will use your internet router to enjoy free connectivity or do malicious things online, all of which can be traced back to your computer device. So how can you find out if an internet hacker is connecting to your WiFi illegally? Here are a few insights on how to detect if somebody is stealing your Wi-Fi.
Always Check the Devices Linked to your Internet Router
Browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer allow online network users to check devices that are directly linked to their routers by typing in your device’s IP address directly to the browser’s address bar along with the corresponding username and password that you use when logging into your computer device. This can take the form of http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1 as printed on the router. Once you are logged in, you should look at the subsection labeled Device List or Attached Devices where you will find a list of every IP addresses that are currently using your WiFi. Verify the IP addresses of your devices to find out if there is an additional connection that is stealing internet connectivity and therefore slowing the functionality of your WiFi system. Remember that on the top rated DD-WRT flashed routers, the Device list is usually under the Status and Wireless screen subsections. Some selected Smartphone devices such as Android and iPhone will have their own unique IP addresses if they are using your WiFi. You can control the torrent clients by cutting out the links to your router after confirming that they are illegally connected.
Although a bit expensive, another way of finding out if anyone is actually stealing your WiFi is by doing a manual tracking by using live CD tracking suites. This might require a directional antenna that will enable you triangulate network signals and note where illegal links are coming from. It is recommended that you should avoid using WEP as your security option. WPA or WPA2 are more secure options that are not easy to hack. Choose a strong password for these security options. Make sure that more than ten characters are used with upper and lower cases mixed with numbers for maximum protection. It is also important that you should hide your SSID from other internet users, always filter your IPs to block specific numbers that are notorious for this crime or run a prepaid WiFi portal with the intention of scaring away the intruders.
These are the top two ways that you can detect if someone is really stealing your WiFi. Whatever the action that you will take to protect your WiFi connectivity from uninvited internet users, always make sure that your router is rebooted regularly for fast internet connection. The slow WiFi might be as result of logged up caches and proxies that do not add value to your internet connectivity requirements. You can also check with experts in IT before starting on anything, what you think of your browser might be wide of the mark resulting into more damage to your device.