Connect to WiFi without unauthorized devices. here’s how

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You update the operating systems of your device. You are using internet security software. You know very well not to fall into the trap of online scams.

Even so, malware and cybercriminals can still get through. Run this free check to see if your router has been hacked by criminals giving them open access to all your files, passwords, etc.

Your security arsenal includes a firewall. Here’s a free test to make sure your firewall is blocking access to bad actors and bots.

How many devices are connected to your home wireless network? A handful? Dozens? As time passes and you add new gadgets, it’s easy to lose track of everything connected, or worse, to notice things that don’t belong.

Here’s how to determine what’s on your network and remove anything that shouldn’t be:

Go to your router’s administration page

It’s a relatively easy way to get an idea of ​​who’s using your network. Bonus: it’s free! Log in to your router to see an up-to-date list of connected devices. Your computer has a unique IP address or Internet Protocol address.

To get started, you will need your computer’s IP address. Tap or click here to learn how to find it.

Then enter the IP address in your browser’s address bar. This will open your router’s menu. Log in with your router’s custom username and password, or the default credentials if you’ve never set one. Here are the instructions for finding and changing the password if you don’t know it.

Once there, look for a list that says DHCP Client or Attached Devices. From there, you’ll see a list of devices currently using your network. If you spot something you don’t recognize, it’s time to act.

Change your Wi-Fi password and reconnect only devices you trust. It’s quite a long process, but well worth it.

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Use Advanced IP Scanner

If you don’t feel comfortable digging into your network, you can always have an app do it for you.

Advanced IP Scanner is a free and reliable option that provides quick results with very little intervention on your part. It is compatible with Windows 10. Get a direct link to it here.

To use Advanced IP Scanner, you just need to download and install it, then run the program to scan your wireless network. Click on the big green button that says SCAN. A network scan begins to show you all the devices currently connected to your Wi-Fi.

It should only take a few seconds and you can export your results to keep.

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Using Acrylic Wi-Fi Professional

If you’re looking for something with a lot more punch, try Acrylic’s Wi-Fi Professional app.

The free version gives you information on up to five devices, while the paid version gives you unlimited devices. The app can also monitor traffic on your network, manage passwords, and more. It is a fantastic business solution or option for anyone with multiple networks.

Being more aware of who is using your network is a big step forward for your internet speed and privacy – and we could all be a lot more vigilant about it.

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