How To Stop People From Stealing Your Wi-Fi

How To Stop People From Stealing Your Wi-FiAt any given moment, if you check how many Wi-Fi networks there are available where you live, you will probably find more than 10. That’s because most people have Wi-Fi in their homes or businesses these days. But it is very easy for someone to connect to any of those Wi-Fi signals. In the same way, it is very easy for those around your home or business to steal yours. If you have Wi-Fi (and who doesn’t these days?) chances are your signal is being stolen by someone. It could be some of your very own neighbors or people you know, without you even knowing it.

These tips on how to stop neighbors, or anyone else, from stealing your Wi-Fi signal can help with this problem. In case you may think that it is no big deal if one or two people jump on your Wi-Fi signal, think again. For one, if any of those people who are stealing your Wi-Fi are using it to watch movies or download music, it can take a huge chunk of your precious bandwidth. Secondly, having a few people on your network can and will affect the speed of your own internet at home. Before you know it, your connection speed may be diminished due to their stealing your signal. More importantly though, hackers can gain access to your information via hacking your Wi-Fi signal.

To see just how simple it is for people to steal Wi-Fi signals, check out these 8 Tips and Tricks For Getting Free Wi-Fi Anywhere.

 

Change The Default Password –

The biggest mistake most people make when it comes to Wi-Fi routers is leaving the default Admin password intact. Most companies have a password on the system when they install it for you. The problem is that there are websites and even phone apps, that can find these passwords. All they need to know is the router model and they can find the default login credentials. Make sure you change the default password right away to your own unique password. Also, avoid using things such as your name or other easy to hack passwords.

 

Find Out Who’s Stealing Wi-Fi

The best way to verify if someone is actually stealing your Wi-Fi signal is by checking your router. Anyone that may be taking bandwidth from you will appear on your router. The only problem is that not all the routers let you see this information. Others, may not even have it.

To see if yours does, simple log in to your router. You do this by typing the IP address of your router right into the address bar of whatever browser you are using. To find the IP address of your router, you can check the back of it. You can also call the company to obtain it. Or you can type 192.168.1.254. or 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1.

Once you are logged into your router, simply go to the tab where either a Device List or Attached Devices are. You should be able to see anyone who is stealing your Wi-Fi signal there.

 

Disable WPS –

Another step you can take to stop people from stealing your Wi-Fi signal is turning off WPS. WPS stands for the Wi-Fi Protected Setup. Anyone can exploit WPS to gain access to your Wi-Fi. There are Mobile apps dedicated to using brute force as a way to gain entry into Wi-Fi networks by using a PIN.

 

Keep Your SSID Hidden –

You can keep the name of your Wi-Fi network (SSID) hidden as another way to stop thieves from stealing your Wi-Fi. Hiding your SSID will disable it and your Wi-Fi will not be visible to those around you. Still, there are hacking tools and apps that can let someone find it. Nonetheless, it is something to consider to make it harder for them.

 

Verify Your Security Settings –

Many routers typically create connections for you automatically. However, they don’t always use the strongest possible security settings available. For those that steal Wi-Fi signals, this is an easy form of entry they exploit. Check your security settings to make sure they are strong.

 

Use Strong Passwords –

As we stated earlier, changing your password from the default settings is crucial. However, using a strong password is just as important since it will defeat the purpose of removing the default. Be sure to use a combination of characters, numbers and letters. Never use anything too obvious such as your name or the name of someone in your family. The stronger the password, the harder it will be for anyone to figure it out.

 

Slow connection? Be sure to read these 9 Tips For Optimizing Your Internet Speed

 

Use An App To Watch Your Wi-Fi

You can use a number of applications that allow you to keep an eye on your Wi-Fi signal and who is connected to it. Using any of these Mobile apps will let you keep a close tab and make sure no one is stealing your bandwidth.

How To Stop Videos From Autoplaying On Browsers

How to stop videos from playing automaticallyAutoplaying videos were meant to make a person’s internet browsing easier. However, most of us find the feature kind of annoying and if you have limited mobile data, costly. This tutorial on how to stop videos from autoplaying on browsers can help you. The autoplaying videos feature can be easily disabled on any browser. If you have Google Chrome, Safari or Opera, then you can end the autoplaying feature quick.

Not long ago, videos that would autoplay could be stopped without a problem since they used Flash. All you had to do was disable the Flash on your browser and the problem was fixed. But since then, the world wide web has moved forward with some new technology. So now since videos are in HTML5, that option is off the table.

While websites and advertisers may love that fact that you have to see their videos automatically, most of us hate it. It is very annoying to have a video start and you are not even aware of it. Especially if the videos starts playing loudly and unexpectedly while you’re at work or in a quiet place.

Proof of how annoying the video autoplaying feature is can be found by the many different types of searches people do on the topic. From the ‘stop videos from playing automatically’ to ‘how to do so on iPhone or Android phones,’ the searches are many. For people who have data limit on their mobile plans it can also prove costly. These autoplaying videos can eat up a lot of data quickly. Worse of all, it is for something you did not even want.

Below, we have outlined a few easy to follow steps on how to disable these annoying autoplaying videos.

Opera Browser –

To disable autoplaying videos on Opera, follow these steps.

1. Launch Opera and install the Disable HTML5 Autoplay extension. Once you add the extension, the videos will no longer autoplay.

 

You may also be interested in these Tips For Playing Videos Seamlessly On Your PC

 

Safari Browser –

For Safari users, disabling this feature requires a few more steps. That’s because in order to do so, the Terminal on macOS needs to be opened.

1. Since you need to close out Safari before anything, press ‘cmd+q‘ or simply click on the top bar, then Safari, then Quit Safari.
2. The next step is to open up Terminal. You do this by pressing “cmd+space bar.’ Then you type ‘Terminal‘ and hit enter.
3. Once you are there, you have to copy and paste the following command in Terminal: defaults write –
com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2AllowsInlineMediaPlayback -bool false.
4. By entering this command in Terminal, you will disable any videos from ever autoplaying again on your Safari browser.
In the event that you want to enable video autoplaying feature again, simply type this command in Terminal to do so: defaults write – com.apple.Safari WebKitMediaPlaybackAllowsInline -bool false.

 

Google Chrome Browser –

Google Chrome users don’t really have to do much in order to disable videos from autoplaying.

1. Launch your Google Chrome browser and install the following extension called “Disable HTML5 Autoplay. Once you have added it to Chrome, the autoplaying feature will no longer work. Go to sites such as YouTube to try it out and check for yourself.

 

Don’t forget to check out How To Watch Videos On Your TV From Your Smartphone

 

With these cool and helpful browser extensions and tips, you no longer have to put up with videos that play automatically. You can now watch the videos when you want to and are ready to do so.


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