How to check if someone is stealing your Wifi (and turning it off)

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So, your internet is behaving funny, maybe a little slow, even after resetting multiple routers and disconnecting redundant ones. While there are many possible reasons why the internet is behaving, many people will start wondering if a neighbor has stopped using their wifi.

While it’s unlikely, it’s all too easy to break into someone else’s wifi with a simple hack and a little patience – although it’s also possible that your neighbor just heard your password or made a lucky guess. You probably lent them your wifi login when they finished once delusion Haven’t stopped using it. No matter how they entered, You can check the devices connected to your network and turn off any outside people using your smartphone or computer – no additional software required.

Step 1: Find out who is using your network

There are two ways to find out who is currently using your wifi. Some routers and ISPs offer network management apps for mobile and desktop devices that show you a list of connected devices and let you change permissions—including removing a device from the network and blocking it from reconnecting. For example, Comcast/Xfinity customers can monitor home network activity through Xfinity app. Check if your router or internet provider offers a similar app.

The other way is to access your router’s interface on a computer by typing in the local IP address to access your internet browser. You can find the local access IP address of your router using the following steps:

on Windows

  1. Click on Window key + R. then type poultice to open a command prompt.
  2. In the Command Prompt window, type [ipconfig] Then press Enter.
  3. An IP address should appear next to “Default Gateway” or “IPv4 Address” from the results.

on a Mac

  1. go to the System Preferences > Network > Advanced Options > TCP / ICP.
  2. Find the IP address listed next to IPv4 address.

Type the IP address you found from the above steps into the Internet browser of your choice. Your router’s configuration interface should appear, then sign in with your network password. Once you are in, you can now review your network activity.

Step Two: Block Unwanted Devices

Whether you use a mobile app or connect directly to your router through an internet browser, the next step is to find out who is using your wifi and block unwanted access. However, the steps for finding and managing the list of connected devices will depend on the app you’re using, and/or your router’s make and model. Consult your router’s user manual or find the steps for your specific model online.

When you find this information, make sure of it Just Connected devices you or your family members. It should be easy to tell based only on the names of the connected devices, but since some devices only list their MAC address (aka MIdea Access control, which is another unique definition number of devices you use to communicate with the router), you may need to manually cross-reference the MAC address of each device.

If you find, in fact, moocher, you can ban them from the network. Again, the method varies between router interfaces, but it’s usually done from the device’s preferences menu.

Step 3: Enhance your security

Finally, you need to change your network password and make sure it is using the strongest A potential security protocol to prevent fraudsters from intruding into your network again. Just like the previous steps, finding these depends on your router software, but it should be easy to locate. Make sure to create a strong password, and enable the highest possible network encryption – for some devices it may be WPA3, while others may use only WPA2-AES or WPA2-TKIP. If your router does not support at least WPA2, we highly recommend upgrading to a newer model.

[Howtogeek]