How to know if someone is stealing your internet
Your internet is slow and you suspect that someone may be stealing your network. Check out our tips and avoid this from happening to you!
Currently, there are already connections and methods used to steal the Internet. But do know the types of invasions, how to identify that someone is stealing your network and most importantly, how to stop this?
The reasons for someone to break into your network may be the most obvious, for example, they do not have access to their own network. It may also be probable that someone is using your signal to send spam or accessing anonymous sites, thus compromising their IP. Not to mention those who invade your network already with the intention to access your files and steal personal information.
There are also applications created to decipher passwords, which further worsens the situation when the user does not change the network password often or when a password is simply not required.
When you suspect they are stealing your Internet
Initially, when we see the speed falling very regularly and when we receive unknown messages or notifications in our email or when we’re simply connectionless for no apparent reason, it’s time to take action.
In case you have a router and do not follow the recommended settings, the risks increase even more because anyone with a little experience and close in proximity like a neighbor, for example, can connect easily.
How do I check to see if someone is using my network?
If you want to check and not be only on suspicion, go to the router settings panel by entering its IP in your browser. Then enter the user name and password where it says connected devices or Attached Devices and you’ll see a list of IP addresses connected to your network.
An easier way is to download an application that detects intruders users, such as: Fing, Network Discovery and Net Scan for mobile phones and the Angry IP Scanner for computers.
How to avoid the theft of my network
As already noted, one of the main recommendations is to change the default password, the one that gives us the server. When changing the password try to avoid names, dates of birth or other personal data. Remember that a password will be much safer if you have a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, special characters and numbers. And, in any way, replace it regularly.
The next tip is to disable WPS, a system that facilitates the connection to your network. It consists of 8 digits and is written on the bottom of your router. Guessing these 8 digits is very difficult and, therefore, we still recommend you enter the settings of your router and disable the WPS which has been enabled by default. Also recommend that the router allows, you use the security method in the WPA2 network.