Many of us have had this happen before, our favorite sites horribly slow, or internet isn’t running at all. There’s actually a small chance it’s your neighbors causing the issues. How so? Well they could have guessed your password to your network, and now they’re browsing multiple sites and downloading multiple things. Well it’s time to fix that!
To start out, you will need to find the web-page for your router. Linksys by default is 192.168.1.1, for all others you can visit your router manufactures website. A login and password will be required to log into the page, which can be found at their website. After you’ve logged in your greeted with a series of tabs with settings.
I would recommend changing your SSID if its set as default. Having a default SSID can actually speed up the time it takes to break your encryption, because of precomputed tables that are widely available all over the internet.
Get rid of WEP encryption for your wireless network, it’s a broken algorithm and can be bypassed in less than 30 minutes. Instead use WPA or WPA 2 encryption it offers superior protection against would be Wifi thieves. Make sure to use a strong password, often people use the minimum required 8 characters. I urge you to include capitalization, numbers, and special characters ex. &&SecretPassword1&& by using a complicated password like this, you have dramatically increased the time to brute force your password.
Often times people would recommend turning on MAC address filtering, but I have often found this to be pointless advice, it’s relatively easy to fake a MAC address.
A recently broken feature of routers has been the WPS(Wi-Fi Protected Setup ) feature. This setting should be turned off on your router. It was used for quickly connecting devices to your network using a 8 digit pin. It was discovered to be very easy to break into a router from this feature, and an attacker would be able to access your full network.
Thats all for today! Secure your network!