WEP key keeps getting hacked......

Hewlett-packard / Np206aa-a2l p6102f
February 13, 2011 at 06:20:32
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 2.8 GHz / 8191 MB
How do I make my wireless home interent more secure?? i have one ecomputer in my house and when i go to my browser and put in i always see atleast another 2 devices conected to my network.. and my monthly usage for my service provider goes up very quickly (50+gb) in one week! so im pretty sure someone else is using my wireless netowork. i have even changed my wep key 3 times and made it harder everytime but still a day later these other devices show up. and when i look at my router when my computer is not being used the lights are flashing indicating that someone somewhere is using my interenet. so is there a simple way without goin out and buying programs and such to make my netowrk more secure and keep hacker out of it? thanks

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February 13, 2011 at 06:27:20
There are a couple of things you can do, and they are not difficult.

Switch your network to wpa, or better, wpa2 encryption, and then come up with a decent key of say, 12 characters. That will be practically impossible to crack.

If you really want to lock it down, enable access by mac address only. You may need to do an ipconfig /all to get the MA of you machine's adapter. Then put it in the router and exclude all others. That will be the end of the story.

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February 13, 2011 at 06:32:42
ok i just checked my setting and yes im already set to wpa2 and i have a 20 character password......

how do i go about the second option you had?

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February 13, 2011 at 06:52:50
wpa2 with a 20 character key is almost impossible to break. It may be that someone is getting into your computer to read the key.

Look for mac filtering or some such in your router. In my linksys, it's under access restrictions, and I would enable and create profiles of machines I would allow.

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February 13, 2011 at 08:02:42
also it would help to make sure the router has a different user name and password than the default settings...most of us can guess the default logins....does anyone else have access to the router???

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