please help me out - Neighbors stealing my WiFi

May 28, 2015 at 00:28:08
Specs: Windows 8
i am having trouble with neighbors pirating ethernet from me. i m not sure how they got password but it is effecting my personal usage. how would i go about blocking outside users or better yet how would i change my password.thanks in advance for your advise

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May 28, 2015 at 01:43:49
How to Hack-proof Your Wireless Router

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May 28, 2015 at 08:03:14
Jophnw's link covers some of the aspects.. one more to consider and it's easy to use...

It's called (or often referred to) as MAC filtering. Essentially you create a list of MAC address for all "your" wifi devices; that list is then used by the router to either allow "only" those MAC addresses access - or to disallow those MAC addresses. Logically you would use "allow only these/those on the list" option.

It's set up via wifi setting/security on most current routers. It is not enabled by default as "you" have to create the list; which means you need to know the MAC addresses of all your allowed wifi kit...

If the hacker (neighbour) doesn't know the wifi SSID (easy to hide it) it's more difficult (impossible?) for him to access it. So, as likely in the link from Johnw, hide the SSID and maybe change it too. If you hide it and/or change it - be sure you know what it is; and have a note of it a place or three. (On the base of the router is one place as likel your neighbour isn't ever going to see it there?) Also email it to yourself; and in the email accounts store it in the saved messages folder?

Likewise when you change the wifi password (access key) save it locally as with the SSID and also mail it to yourself etc... Remember that to change (and/or hide) the SSID and/or the wifi password requires you are connected via cat-5/ethernet cable and logged into the router's home page...

If you need more help - include your router make and model number, and then pholks here can help you more easily.

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June 5, 2015 at 22:43:24
Rename your network "FBI Surveillance Van #####". then change your password.

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June 6, 2015 at 00:13:35
As instructed in the link of Johnw , use WPA2 + AES as security.
Connect to the router with a LAN cable and TURN OFF the wireless before changing the security to WPA2 and setting a new password. This will disconnect all wireless users before changes are done.

If your visitors wanting to use the wireless, enable the "Guest" wireless on your router (most home routers have this feature) with a different SSID & password. Turn if off when not used.

And make sure your (house) relatives do not blabber the password around!
On Laptops it is fairly easy to see the password in use. Tabs and phones can be harder to find.

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June 6, 2015 at 01:06:20
I use MAC filtering in addition to encryption.

If you set up a MAC address list of allowed devices it is easy to spot an intruder. You then can add them to a block devices list.

That plus changed password (encryption key) plus hiding SSID (network name) makes for a much stronger defence than password alone.

Provide the make and model of your router and odds are that someone here can provide you with step by step instructions.

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June 6, 2015 at 01:50:21
How to break MAC filtering (wifi security)

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June 6, 2015 at 04:02:23
Johnw"s link is "interesting..."

Derek recently advised me of this item too:

I would still install some form of Mac filtering nonetheless; which might be better - allow only those on the list - or disallow those on the list...?

And of course a decent access-key as well.

Mind you - any determined hacker will get though most domestic security systems regardless? The average bod/chap/joe or whomever may not feel so inclined to make the effort though?

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June 6, 2015 at 04:39:05
Change your WiFi network name and hide it, change the password and enable MAC address filtering.

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June 6, 2015 at 04:55:57
As easy as MAC filtering is to circumvent it is still an added layer and shouldn't be used by itself.

If a savvy hacker wanted to access a wireless network they would be inclined to go after the easiest target. Much like a burglar targeting the easiest house in the neighbourhood to rob.

Sniffing tools can easily detect networks with hidden SSID's also, but it shouldn't deter one from using this option for security purposes.

By far the best option of course is to have a strong encryption key for your wireless network.

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June 6, 2015 at 05:09:30
One could enclose one's home within an wire screen cage; which then ground... (connect it to a three foot copper rod into moist ground),

This would create a Faraday cage effect - which would seriously impair unauthorsied access into the wifi service... Might look a little odd to the neighbours; but if that cage was then coated in a suitable cladding (which was then painted) - perhaps of a thermal insulation nature, then one would also be making one's home more energy efficient as well?

Equally one could enclose the house in aluminium/aluminum foil...

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June 6, 2015 at 05:11:38
The absolute minimum would be of course a seriously strong and "konphusing" access-key (frequently referred to - incorrectly - as a password).

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June 6, 2015 at 05:44:00
Myth 2: using a MAC address filter
Myth No. 2: Enable MAC address filtering
How safe is your network? – Kali Tutorial

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June 6, 2015 at 15:21:22
Lol trvlr. A Faraday cage is also really handy if one wants to keep chooks too. There's also the option of putting the router in the microwave oven and just opening the door and angling the oven when wireless is needed.

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