If you’re trying to stop your WiFi leaking and have read through our WiFi extender reviews , you may be thinking that your poor connection is causing your WiFi to be slow. Today, I am going to cover exactly how to stop WiFi leaking and stop others from “robbing” your Internet signal.
I recommend that you read our article on how to setup your router before getting started.
What is WiFi Leaking?
WiFi leaking can refer to one of two things:
- Stealing of your Internet
- Stealing of your personal information
If you properly setup your router using our guide above, you’ll be able to stop the majority of your neighbors from stealing your Internet. These individuals simply connect to your WiFi and hog bandwidth without your approval.
When this happens, these individuals will steal your speed and may impact your data cap.
Today we’re going to discuss how to lock down your Internet so that your data and Internet are both safe.
How to Stop WiFi Leaking
Your router is the key to securing your Internet connection. When you believe that someone has taken over your Internet, you have a few key steps to stop them from using your Internet. A few steps that you’ll want to take are the following:
- Change your password. Immediately change the password on your router. Make sure that no one tells your neighbors that you have changed the password or what the password may be.
- Disable WPS. WPS is outdated, and while it may suffice, it will not be ideal for optimal security. Even secured WiFi can be accessed due to an exploit in WPS. WPS is also able to be brute force attacked.
- Enable WPA2. WPA2 encryption is the strongest form of encryption available to the public. If you want to secure your data and prevent people from hacking into your Internet, this is the encryption that you’ll want to use. AES encryption is another option, but by no means should you use WEP encryption. WEP encryption can easily be hacked and is now seen as a weak form of encryption due to faster, more powerful computers.
Password Basic Security and Best Practices
A lot of people make the mistake of choosing an easy password for their routers. People want to remember their passwords, so they’ll choose something silly like their last names or the names of their dogs for their passwords.
If I were a hacker, I would choose these names first because people make it easy to be hacked by choosing these passwords.
An ideal password will consist of:
- Uppercase letters
- Lowercase letters
- Special characters
The key is to remember your password, and this is why so many people choose their last names or the names of their pets as their passwords. A simple tip is to think of the first initial and birthday of everyone in your family (hopefully 3 or more people).
You can then use the first and last initial of their name followed by the birth year in a password combination.
At the start of the password you may use a special character and at the end of the password, too.
The only other recommendation is to add in at least two lowercase letters to make the password more secure.
I don’t know many people who change their WiFi passwords, but if someone is routinely trying to access your WiFi, you can change your password every 90 to 180 days.
Check Your WiFi for Unwanted Guests
You’ll want to log into your WiFi to check for unwanted guests. You can do your own search on logging into your router, or you can look through this list of common router addresses. When you’ve finally logged into your router, it’s time to look for one of the following:
- Attached devices
- Device list
There may also be a section to find wireless devices. Look through the router’s navigation to find your corresponding section. When you go to the page, there will be a long list of different devices that have logged into your router.
You should be able to view device names and all of the devices on the list.
Keep in mind that this will include any smart devices, computers or smartphones that have connected to your router. Verify each of these devices. If you find a device that you cannot verify, you’ll want to see if there is an option to:
- Block the device
- Delete the device
- Remove the device
I recommend changing the password and then removing the device. When you do this, the hacker will not be able to log back into your WiFi unless they have your new password. It’s the fastest and easiest way to deny someone access to your Internet.
Once you’ve followed these steps, you’ll be well on your way to stopping WiFi leaking. You should keep an eye on your WiFi to ensure that the unwanted device has not logged back into your Internet.
If you want to take further measures, you can:
- Hide your device’s SSID or rename it to something unique
- Change your WiFi’s admin password which is widely known if it’s the default password
- Enable the router’s firewall if it’s available
A firewall is a great option to have, and you may want to also install a software firewall for another layer of protection. The more layers of defense that you have, the better. Firewalls are be easy to set up.
Port forwarding may be an option if you’re experiencing any issues after enabling or installing a firewall.
One additional tip that I want to suggest is to update your router’s firmware. A lot of people forget that their hardware also has software that helps it operate properly. If you have never updated your firmware or haven’t applied an update in a while, you will want to apply an update now. While infrequent, these updates can boost your router’s security.
After you’ve done everything you can to stop WiFi leaking, you can turn to SuperBoost WiFi booster to boost your signal’s strength.