How To Detect Wireless Internet Thieves

How To Detect Wireless Internet Thieves

Kristen Lubbe
Jan 20, 2011

We've all been there; we're on our computer browsing for something important and suddenly the internet slows to a snails pace. Not sure if it's just the crappy, unreliable service from Comcast or if someone is well, stealing our internet. Luckily we came across some great tips to discover if someone really is stealing this hot commodity.

LifeHacker recently answered a question submitted by one of their readers and it hit a sore spot with us. Many of our friends have this problem on a regular basis and we're always asked to help them out. Detecting and rectifying the situation is actually quite easy and LifeHacker recommends several steps, here are the three best:

• Check Your Wireless Router Lights: Shut down each of your devices that could potentially use the wireless signal and look at the lights on your router. If the wireless light is blinking, the signals from your router are still being used.
• Check Your Router Device List: Browse the list of devices and compare the names and IP addresses of them to the names and addresses of your own devices. If you detect someone else is using your wireless connection simply change or create a new password.
• Bulk up your wireless security: Change your security to WPA2 instead of the more commonly used WEP. WEP is much easier to crack, especially if you don't change your passwords or use common ones such as password.

See the rest of the suggestions at LifeHacker.

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