Remember that catchy Rockwell/Michael Jackson from the 1980’s, called Somebody’s watching me? Well, in today’s modern age Rockwell would get nightmares nightly, just thinking of just how easy it is for his neighbors to watch him now.
It’s easy for a neighbor to hack your home Wi-Fi, and the consequences can be serious. With the right tools, someone can gain access to your Wi-Fi network without you even knowing it.
How your neighbor can ruin your life one Byte at time
They could potentially access your personal data, view your browsing history, and even infect your devices with malware. Your wifi is more easier to hack to than you realize – even with strong WPA2 encryption.
How do I secure my home Wi-Fi?
Nothing system in the word is a 100% secure from determined snoopy neighborly hackers, but there are steps to take make intrusion harder for them. You wouldn’t leave your house for holiday without locking the doors right?
1. Step one – Use strong password
The first step to avoiding a hack is to secure your network. Make sure you set a strong password for your router, and that you change it regularly. If you’re using the default password that came with your router, it’s time to change it now.
Be sure to choose a password that is difficult to guess and not based on any easily accessible information.
2. Step two – Enable WPA2 or WPA3 encryption
You should also enable encryption on your network. WPA2 or WPA3 are the most secure options available. This will help keep your data secure and make it much harder for someone to gain access to your network.
3. Step three – Use VPN network
If you’re worried about a neighbor hacking your Wi-Fi, you can also use a virtual private network (VPN) to protect your network. A VPN will create a secure tunnel between your device and the internet, encrypting your data and preventing anyone from snooping on your activity.
4. Step four – Update router firmware (when available)
Finally, be sure to keep your router’s firmware up to date. Router manufacturers regularly release updates to patch security flaws. If you don’t update your router, you could be leaving yourself open to a potential hack.
By taking these steps, you can reduce the risk of a neighbor hacking your Wi-Fi. While it’s still possible, the more secure your network is, the less likely it is that someone will be able to gain access.