How to Find Out if Someone is Stealing Your Wi-Fi

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by under Cyber Security/Hacking, IoT (Internet of Things), Personal Safety

Seventy-nine percent of homes have weak Wi-Fi passwords, making their systems and connections more susceptible to compromise.

This means you are putting critical systems connected to your network, such as surveillance cameras, monitored alarms and smart devices at risk.

Better understand if your Wi-Fi has been stolen and how to respond.

Understand How Wi-Fi Works

Wi-Fi uses radio waves to provide network connectivity between systems without relying on wired connections. Wi-Fi signals can be picked up by a variety of devices, such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and IoT devices. Wi-Fi lets you:

  • Access the Internet from anywhere with a signal range.
  • Access other devices connected to your network (e.g. computers, printers).
  • Avoid the hassle of installing wires throughout your home.

Red Flags and Warning Signs

Two major red flags that could mean your Wi-Fi has been compromised, include:

  • Additional or unusual devices. New devices attached to your router or device list could signal that someone is accessing your connection. Check your router’s administrative page to see all devices connected.
  • Network feels sluggish or slower than usual. If your network is slower than normal and you haven’t changed your connectivity or settings, it could mean someone else is using your Wi-Fi. Check your network speed to see if numbers match up with the Internet package you purchased. Also, keep in mind, that sometimes Wi-Fi can slow if you increase the amount of devices connected.

What to Do if Hacked

If you think your Wi-Fi is being hacked, take action to avoid further theft or system issues. Start by changing your password(s) so unauthorized individuals will be kicked off and no longer have access to your connection.

Next, contact your trusted security vendor to determine how you can further protect equipment and enhance security measures moving forward.

What red flags do you look for when monitoring your Wi-Fi’s connectivity? Share your comments below.

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