There have been quite a few instances where innocent Internet users have been arrested for sending hate emails when in reality, their email accounts where hacked though the unsecured Wi-Fi networks that they had at home. Wireshark is a free packet sniffing tool for Linux, Mac and Windows that can scan traffic flowing though a wireless network including cookies, forms and other HTTP requests.
How to secure:
- Open your router settings page
Enter the IP address of your router i.e 192.168.0.1
Enter username and password. (i.e admin for username and password for password by default)
You can also google your router for manuals online.
2. Create a unique password on your router
You have to create password for the router… choose a password that is strong with alpha numerics and numbers.
3. Change your Network’s name
Changing network name is also a good security. And also it makes you to identify your network easily. This can be changed in the router too.
4. Filter MAC addresses
Every device has its unique MAC address (media access control).
5. Reduce the Range of the Wireless Signal
you can consider decreasing the signal range by either changing the mode of your router to 802.11g (instead of 802.11n or 802.11b) or use a different wireless channel.
The standard are made by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
6. Upgrade your Router’s firmware
You should check the manufacturer’s site occasionally to make sure that your router is running the latest firmware.
Firmware is software that provides control, monitoring and data manipulation of engineered products and systems.
Note: You can contact us for help on securing your WiFi at home as cases has increased of hacked WiFi’s around.