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Don’t Let Others Steal your SpeedRead ahead to learn about the best ways to protect your Wi-Fi from being used by others or exposing your valuable data.

How to protect your Wi-Fi from being used by others

Wi-Fi networks are a staple part of many homes today. Whether you work from home, help the kids with online school or activities, or simply use home Wi-Fi on your phone, you’ll need to be sure that the network is not being used by others in surrounding areas.

Your Wi-Fi network includes a wireless router with a signal that is sent out to each device logged into the network. A device only has to be in range to connect, so it is important to set up a Wi-Fi password that is not shared outside your home. Outside Wi-Fi users may gain access to information on your personal device, so follow these simple steps to ensure your Wi-Fi network cannot be compromised by an outsider.

Check Your Router

Keeping your router software current can create a more secure Wi-Fi experience for your home. You can check the status of your router by looking at its Wi-Fi-protected access (WPA) status. It is also important to change administrator credentials on your router to ensure only one main device can alter and view Wi-Fi passwords and credentials. This device should be one that is regularly used in your home.

Secure Passwords

Create or alter your preset Wi-Fi password so it is not easy to guess. In addition, a complicated password that is shared with guests will not be easily remembered for those guests to share beyond your home. It is also important not to share your Wi-Fi password beyond frequent visitors to your home and those who live there. You can log onto the Metronet website to find out more about altering your Wi-Fi network name and password.

Have a Guest Network

A guest network ensures your Wi-Fi is secure with fewer users on your primary router network. A shared Wi-Fi password with a guest can potentially expose your network and connected devices to malware. A guest network for these outside users who are guests to your home will ensure that this exposure is limited to your network and connected devices.