Wi-Fi Security Tips: Explained: What is Wi-Fi “protection” and how to stay safe from it

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Wi-Fi guarding is a term given to the act of the Pirates drive in cars or other vehicles to check which Wi-Fi router is insecure and therefore most/most vulnerable to hacking attempts in a certain location/area. To detect the presence of unsecured networks and map wireless hotspots, these hackers use equipment and software that can tell which Wi-Fi networks in the area they are roaming may be an easy target.
Some examples of hardware that can be used for surveillance-based attacks are high-powered antennas mounted on vehicles to detect remote Wi-Fi networks, laptops, smartphones, GPS units, etc. Cybercriminals can use software to babysitting are packet sniffers, network traffic analysis packages and special software to breach Wi-Fi security.
Now, it goes without saying that you should try to secure your Wi-Fi network if you haven’t already. Otherwise, hackers can do a lot of damage by gaining access to your private network. Your personal information, banking information and web browsing will be at risk once an unknown stranger with malicious intent is able to break into your Wi-Fi network.
How to Protect Against Wi-Fi Wardrive Attacks
  • First, secure your home Wi-Fi network with very strong passwords. Admin password and Wi-Fi password must be set manually. Also, change them after a while and keep changing them.

  • Choose the highest level of Wi-Fi security protocol available on your router, such as WPA3. See if you can replace the router with one that supports the latest protocols.

  • If the router does not support the highest protocol and you do not want to upgrade to a better router, check beforehand which devices can work with the next best one.

  • Add a guest Wi-Fi network to restrict others from accessing your home Wi-Fi network.

  • Use a paid antivirus solution for your PC and smartphones to make it harder for cybercriminals to gain access to systems. Also use two-factor authentication (2FA) whenever possible.

  • Try not to be on a public Wi-Fi network, but in case you must be, be sure to use a VPN to access the internet.

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