How to Configure Your Wi-Fi So That Your Connection Is Not Stolen

By Tanner Abraham •  Updated: 08/16/22 •  7 min read

Surely, at some point you will curse the poor quality you have with your internet connection. But, how is it possible, if some days it works like a shot and you have megabytes to spare to be able to navigate very fast?

Friends, we fear that if it is not for the quality of your connection, then you should consider that you have not been hacked. Because although it may sound a bit like movies, there are more and more programs to be able to do it and although each time it seems that everyone knows more (and should be more protected) there are many, many who do not think of going too far precautions and make it a little more difficult for those who have not a shred of shame.

We are going to try to give you some advice that although it does not mean that your internet connection will never be stolen again, at least, you will try and avoid it for a while. Everything, so that you improve the security in your private network.

Instructions to configure your Wi-Fi so that your connection is not stolen

  1. One thing you should not forget is to take your passwords into account. Yes, we know that it seems obvious and that of course, you do not go around telling it (unless you want others to get into your connection) but it is worth trying, just in case, to take this into account: people work of bad faith And when it is trying not to pay and save money, even more so. Therefore, they will try to sneak into the networks they find when they connect any device with an internet connection. What should you do? Make it difficult
  2. When it comes to putting the keys in the router, try not to make them easy, not to be names, not to be keys that they might know, not to be very simple… for example, the best thing to do is to make it a key where you include both numbers as letters and also, uppercase letters. When entering passwords, if it is detected between lowercase and uppercase, therefore, make it difficult. If they are complicated passwords that you may not remember, do not forget to write it down even if it is under your router or elsewhere.
  3. The router, by the way, is nothing more than the box that sometimes gives us so many headaches… It is a device with a more square or elongated shape (depending on the brand) that allows you to connect to the network through Wi-Fi. Those little lights will always be fully operational and/or flashing depending on whether or not you are connected and browsing.
  4. Having said that, what you need to find out is if you have a secure or rather simple connection. How to check it? Taking a look at your router. To do this, check the IP address of your device and you must give the browser you want. You have options such as: Safari, Chrome or any other that you use.
  5. Then, a screen should appear where you will be asked for a series of data, which are those of your router (and only you should know) to be able to configure it. You have this data in the router, generally in the back (but it also depends on the brand).
  6. Enter the data they ask for, which can be more or less encrypted and/or the key rare in order to make it more complicated. This in the end, you can change it yourself, but do not forget after writing it down or having a good memory in case at some point, you must enter it again.
  7. You will get to “my local network” or something similar, which can be different depending on the brands, but almost all of them are the same. In this section, all the devices that have been connected to your router appear. Therefore, it can be very useful for you to check yourself if you recognize these devices and if not, or know of anyone you have allowed to connect, to know that your connection has been stolen.
  8. In the wife box, you can also make certain inquiries. For example, you can check your network information. From the key, the name to the security protocol.
  9. In the other section, that of: information and diagnosis, is where functions such as the telephone, internet connection, your Wi-Fi network, or power appear. If you’ve come this far, take a look at everything and check to see the parameters of your router.
  10. In the last option, it should appear, advanced settings. From here, you can change, modify and observe your level of protection against the sausages of your connection.
  11. What they always advise you: look at the updates. You can do it from the settings. Try to do it as safe as you can. Do not forget to have the latest updates whenever you can, because in the end, they will always be the safest as they are the most up-to-date and with the most news.
  12. If you have noticed, in the Wi-Fi option, you can see that the software update section appears. Here you can see for yourself if it is updated or not. If it isn’t, feel free to hit the new update right away. In the event that the device itself saw any vulnerability, I would change it.
  13. The Wi-Fi 33 keys, as we mentioned, are the icing on the cake. The first thing you should always keep in mind is to change them and make them difficult. From uppercase, lowercase, numbers, etc. When you change the keys, you must turn the router off and on again. The negative part or something heavier or annoying, is that you will have to connect again, all the devices with the same password that you already had…
  14. A little trick that is often also useful is to make your own net for the guests who come to your house. Thus, a priori, it may seem like a Boston or strange, but in the long run, you will appreciate it to avoid headaches. How is it done? You must enable a network for them. In many applications this same option already appears, where just by looking for it and clicking it, the options should appear. You will only have to add the passwords that you want them to use and give the options that you think.

What do you need to configure your Wi-Fi so that your connection is not stolen?

Tips to configure your Wi-Fi so that your connection is not stolen

You have to think about everything when you connect to the Internet, from the pages you go to browse (that are safe) as well as the threats that can be caused to computers by viruses or theft. Therefore, you always have to take precautions, think about who is allowed to connect to your router (which can lead to headaches later), if guests come to the house and ask for your Wi-Fi, think about it so as not to be disappointed or have headaches afterwards in case you want to avoid them, always make a net for the guests. In this way, it will be a different key and you can change it as soon as they leave. In the same way, you will control yourself other data such as speed, data, etc.

And the update, always up to date. Check to be on the latest update, it can come in handy to save you trouble. Apart from that, it may not always be that they are stealing your connection. Also make sure of the data you have, the coverage of your device, if there are more people at home using the network, if there are connection problems at home, etc.

Tanner Abraham

Data Scientist and Software Engineer with a focus on experimental projects in new budding technologies that incorporate machine learning and quantum computing into web applications.