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2 Easy Tips: Keep Strangers off  Your Wifi Network

You don't want neighbors or passers-by stealing your wifi any more than you want them stealing your water or electricity.  In fact, it's more serious than that: if someone can hook on to the same network as you, it becomes easier for them to snoop on your browsing and your locally stored files.

Thankfully, keeping unwelcome visitors away from your wifi isn't difficult and doesn't require an IT degree.  Here's what you need to do:

1. Keep changing your password.  By far the easiest way to boot freeloaders off your wireless network is to change the wifi password.  You do this through your router's settings—either dig out the manual or run a quick web search to find the instructions for your particular make and model.  Sure, you’ll ten face the inconvenience of reconnecting all of your devices and computers, but it's a small price to pay for a clean wifi slate. 

2. Check your router settings.  While you've got your router configuration page open, a few other settings are worth looking at.  First, change the default password used to access the router settings page to something else.  This stops anyone who might gain access to your network from changing the wifi password themselves.  As you'll have realized when you accessed your router settings for the first time, you need a password to get into the menus, and a separate one to connect to wifi, so changing them both gives you maximum protection.  It's also worth applying any pending firmware updates, which ensures your router is running the latest and most secure version of its own basic operating system. 

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