Keeping Your WiFi to Yourself

Do you know who or how many people are logged in to your internet connection at any given time? Did you authorize all those users? How do having these mysterious users affect you or the performance of your wireless connection?

Each household has around 4 or 5 devices connected to it’sWiFi device at any given time. You will probably have an iPhone or 2, a Samsung tablet, a MAC or any other brand of laptop connected to your router. Aside from your authorized users, you may also have unauthorized users of your bandwidth.

How does this affect you?
If your WiFi is compromised, you may experience problems such as your connection being slow. Let us say that you selected your internet plan with the thought that you will have 4 devices or 4 users. You may have stretched your budget a little, but only make sure that your connection is seamless and that loading of the sites that you visit will speedy. However, if someone you did not authorize is accessing your WiFi, you may not get what you are paying for. You will get frustrated over prolonged loading of websites that you go to or even having the need to reconnect to the internet repeatedly.

It is not only the speed of upload that you should be worried about if you have any unauthorized users on your WiFi. You also need to consider the security of your files or information on your computer. In some cases, if someone can access your wireless connection, they may also be able to access some of your files or folders.

A more serious problem for you when you have an unauthorized user is if your connection will be used for any illegal activities. If that is the case, you may get implicated or be put under investigation.

How do you know if you have unauthorized access to your WiFi?
The simplest way to do this is by switching off all your devices using WiFi. Then, go to your router, which should have an indicator light that shows internet connectivity. If it is blinking, then, one or more gadgets are still connected or using your wireless connection.

Another way to do it is by going into your router’s admin console. You can do this by typing your wireless router’s IP address on your browser. Once you’ve logged in, go to the page that indicates attached devices. This will give you the list of IP addresses or device names that are currently connected to your wireless connection.

What should you do when you discover an unauthorized user?
The first thing you do, when you detect that you have an unauthorized user is to change your wireless access password. If you have not set up a username and password for your WiFi, then it is a good time for you to do so.

Another way to protect your wireless connection is by regularly updating your router firmware. The manufacturer of your router will come up with updates to the product, which will include new security features that will help you keep your WiFi to yourself.