3 Ways Your Home Wi-Fi Can Be Hacked

                    Written by: Sagarika Sarkar

With more than 560 Million users, India is one of the leading internet using countries in the world. Although most of the personal users prefer mobile network, unlike western countries where most of the citizens use broadband or Wi-Fi connection, most Indians use it only in Public Places and office.

Wi-Fi is at our workplace, station, hotels, airports and some of the urbanites use it at home also. But there are some risk factors too. When you are using your personal, financial and official data through any third-party platform, there are chances of your data being stolen or hacked through Wi-Fi connection. These things usually happen due to small mistakes by the users which should be taken care of. As there are immense right sides of home Wi-Fi connection, there are some drawbacks too. Everything is consisting of two sides, isn’t it?

The methods of hacking are emerging in numbers while hackers are coming up with new ideas every day to steal your personal data. One such most preferred techniques of hacking are the Wi-Fi hacking. It is mainly of two types- one in which the hacker access your Wi-Fi to connect their own device and second, the more dangerous one where hacker hacks your Wi-Fi to reach to your connected devices.

To prevent 3rd parties from accessing your network, this article will let us know about some measures you can take to keep your Wi-Fi safe.

Personalise Settings

When you are installing broadband or Wi-Fi service for your home, change the default settings immediately. Customise your default (SSID) name and IP password after activating the Router. Choose a long, complex set of numbers and symbols to increase password safety. Even before buying any network provider, Make sure the products can encrypt network connectivity, enable password protection and provide regular updates.

Confirm Cyber Security

Hackers can hack any IoT device that connects to your network. You should secure your smart locks, security cameras and all other connected devices with expert cyber systems. Install your products by a certified and trusted professional and keep monitoring all your devices. Only download multimedia and other content from a secured or protected website, and be sure the emails that you open are from trusted and known sources. In this way, through phishing links, hackers can get access to your network and devices.

Take care of your Firmware

Don’t neglect necessary updates of your firmware. You are ultimately letting hackers take over your network by not doing it regularly. Even if you are not so accustomed with the procedure, contact the manufacturer or service provider to update the firmware once in three-four months.

Naturally, the question now comes, is how you would know that your system has been hacked? Some possible clues will help you to detect if your Wi-Fi has been hacked:

  • When hackers get access to your computer, they also get access to all of your personal data, as well as sensitive documents, emails and images. They can also replace your security measures like your anti-virus and firewall with new software on your computer.
  • If you somehow notice that your default browser is changed suddenly or it redirects you to an unused page, your home Wi-Fi has most likely been hacked. Be careful, mainly when browser redirects, since hackers may send you to a caricature website where they will try to gather your personal or financial information.
  • If you notice an anonymous program making request to access, it is probably being operated by someone else, not you.
  • Maybe you can observe some strange network traffic patterns in your system. It is probably because your system has already gone to somebody else’s hands.
  • Often in your social media handles, your friends get unusual invites or any other activities which actually are not being done by you. In most cases, your friends let you know about it, and sometimes you get unfamiliar notifications.
  • If you get random pop-up notifications from websites that you generally don’t use, consider your system has been hacked.
  • One of the most significant things to keep in mind is that hackers can get all your financial data if they hack your system linked to your bank account or net banking sites.

What to do if home Wi-Fi gets hacked?

Well, even after taking various safety measures, sometimes the systems get hacked anyway. These steps will help to diminish the harm in your system.

  • First of all, don’t panic!
  • Since every wireless Router comes with a reset button which will restore to the default setting. After that, reconfigure your network settings.
  • Change your password. The network should always be protected with a strong password.
  • Remote administration system lets your system to be managed by somebody who is far away from home. It can be a useful option for you but, if hackers get to know about it, they can harm your system, and even operate your computer being far away. It is better to deactivate this remote administration system.
  • Always use utility software in your system. Some virus or malware can record everything that you type in your keyboard; some can access your personal data or username also. Anti-virus software will prevent entering the malware in your computer. So, it is recommended to use a reliable anti-virus program.
  • Do not open any unusual links or attachments. Sometimes these links come in usual software or mails. If you click any of them, malware can be transmitted to your system and harm it in many ways.
  • Disable the auto-connect option while using other’s hotspot or sharing your Wi-Fi through your personal hotspot. When a hacker gets to know about a network being randomly shared, they can easily access it.
  • Whenever you get any unwanted OTP in your phone, that saying about withdrawing money from your account, immediately contact your bank. Block the ATM cards associated with the account.
  • When a hacker can get your WPS setup to pin in a Reaver attack, it will be easier for them to access your password no matter how strong or secure it is. So, to avoid this kind of incident, disable the WPS option in your Router.
  • Try to keep unique and different passwords for each of your devices and accounts. A typical password for several accounts can be listed in the hacker’s breach passwords. It will end up being a standard password which will be easy to access.
  • When not in use, disable or switch off your Router which can prevent it from using others.

As they say, ‘prevention is better than cure’, remember it. Follow the necessary steps to make your system security because it is better having a secured system than having a restored one.

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