Wireless Networking (Wi-Fi) makes it easier for people to use internet on computers, tablets, mobile phones and other wireless devices without using cables. The bad part about wireless networks is that someone can steal your bandwidth and access internet using your broadband whether they are sitting in a car, neighboring building or outside your apartment.
It is a bad practice because it decreases your internet access speed, increases your monthly internet bill and creates a security hazard from the possibility of other hacking your computers.
To secure your wireless network, you need to access your wireless router’s settings. To do this, all you need is to type into your browser 192.168.l.l and input the correct username and password for the router. Next is to create a unique password on your router. Once you have done that, it’s time to change your network’s SSID default name.
This setting can be found on the basic wireless settings on your router’s settings page. Consider enabling network encryption and reduce the range of the wireless signal.
To ensure your router remains secure, it is important to upgrade your router’s firmware. To do this, you need to check manufacturer’s site occasionally to find out whether your router has the latest firmware. You can also check the current firmware version on the router’s dashboard at 192.168.l.l.
If you are suspecting that an outsider has connected to your internet without your authorization, you can find out on your router’s administration page using 192.168.l.l and check for the DHCP clients table. View all the computers and other wireless devices connected to your network under Status>Local>Network.