Internet Theft On The Rise: How To Protect Your WiFi From Stealing

by Informer in Internet, News, Tips&Tricks | 2 comments

According to a latest study conducted by Wakefield Research, up to 32% of Americans, almost every one in third, has tried to steal a WiFi network. This study was conducted in association with the WiFi Alliance, and the results indicate an increase of 18% from two years ago.

In this world of increasing internet use, where Smartphones use is on the rise, this high rate of wifi theft | Internet Theft On The Rise: How To Protect Your WiFi From Stealinginternet theft is actually were alarming. It can be argued if this is technically a “theft” or not, but certainly people with malicious intent can use the transmitted data in a harmful way.

Interestingly, 25% people though that sharing wireless password was more personal than sharing toothbrush. Also 40% people said that they are more likely to trust someone with their house key than their WiFi password. This signifies that most people realize the importance of keeping their network secure.

However, a lot of people still leave their network either unsecured or with an easy password. The WiFi alliance has come up with a handy list of suggestions on how to keep your surfing over a WiFi network secure. Here they are:

Set home Wi-Fi networks for WPA2™ security – Wi-Fi Protected Access® 2 (WPA2) is the latest in network security technology. It controls who connects to the network and encrypts data for privacy. It is important to note that the security level of a home network is determined by the least capable device and many devices ship with security options disabled as the default. For the most up-to-date protection, a network should include only products capable of WPA2 security.

Look for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products – Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices are required to implement WPA2 security.

Look for devices with Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ – With an action as simple as the push of a button, new devices can be added to an existing network securely.

Create strong passwords – Ensure that your network password is at least 8 characters long, does not include any dictionary words or personal information, and is a mix of upper and lower case letters and symbols. A tip that might make password management easier is to create an acronym from easy-to-remember phrases. For example, "my daughter’s birthday is July 7, 1987" could become the password "MDBi7787."

Be smart about hotspot use – Most public hotspots leave security protections turned off, so while connecting to a public Wi-Fi hotspot is great for general internet surfing, users should not transmit sensitive data, such bank account login information.

Turn off automatic connecting – Many products such as mobile phones and notebooks are set by default to sense and automatically connect to any available wireless signal. Users should turn off automatic connecting and only connect to and from networks and devices they are familiar with.





The above mentioned study was conducted by Wakefield Research in cooperation with WiFi Alliance. The poll was conducted on 1054 Americans above the age of 18.

Source via ET

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  • Scott

    Another way to protect your Wi-Fi setup (perhaps the best?) is to implement MAC filtering. This means that you only ALLOW devices with the MAC addresses you enter to access your network. It is more work, but worth it.

    Almost all routers have this feature and it is grossly underused. Of course, this would be in addition to WPA2, but even WPA is better than nothing.

    • Jawwad

      You are right but I think for most cases using only WPA2 or even WPA should be sufficient. MAC address filtering as you said should only be used as an additional measure bcz it is not a foolproof method (MAC addresses can be spoofed). Furthermore, it can ensure your security but NOT privacy (no encryption).

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