The world is increasingly becoming a digital global village. The ICT industry worldwide is continuing its push to advance the revolution of networks and bring more internet connectivity to the people. Kenya has rapidly embraced mobile communication technologies; however access to affordable high speed internet is still out of reach for a large number of the population. That’s why many young people increasingly compromise Wi-Fi security to gain free internet access.
Not everyone can afford to pay premium charges for constant internet access especially via Wi-Fi access. Due to tech advancements and access to information, people are now more capable of hacking Wi-Fi terminals, compromising Wi-Fi security to get free internet access .The tech savvy millenials bred by the IOT are coming up with rather ingenious way ways to hack Wi-Fi passwords from unsuspecting businesses incurring untold loses.
One sure way of knowing that your Wi-Fi security has been compromised is the fact that the internet speed gets considerably slow. There’s only a certain amount of bandwidth to go around, and if yours is already divided up between a few computers, a smart TV, and a couple of phones, there’s a good chance you’ll start seeing slower speeds when an internet freeloader streams a high-definition video on your Wi-Fi network.
Unauthorized devices tapping into your Wi-Fi can be detrimental to a business because of the performance and security risks it opens up a business to. Besides those risks, no body wants a free-loader using up their hard earned access to their internet bundles. So it’s really important to check whether your Wi-Fi security has been compromised whenever you sense something amiss.
Due to the proliferation of smartphones devices in the Kenyan market and their portability, Most hackers will most likely attempt to compromise your Wi-Fi security via mobile devices .I’m, sure you have noticed that lone person always lurking outside a business premise ,suspiciously looking around or staring at his phone but never attempting to get in. They probably have unlimited access to your Wi-Fi.
A number of apps are available to provide automatic searches for unusual devices logged into your Wi-Fi network. Below are four of the best apps one can use to detect the Wi-Fi thieves siphoning your Wi-Fi data.
The Wi-Fi inspector is a product of Chrome. It may feature a few ads(we all know how annoying they can be, but it still provides a free look at all devices on your Wi-Fi network, including important details like device names, IP addresses, and more. One can save a list of all familiar customized devices and immediately note if unfamiliar ones have logged on.
Fing is an iOS download favorable for a more mobile-oriented protection. It allows you to immediately see connected devices, what type of devices they are, and the nature of their connection, MAC address, and so on. You can also check Wi-Fi connection behavior to note particularly busy times that could indicate someone else are hopping onto your network.
F-Secure Router Checker
F-Secure are a web-based tool that is useful if you want to avoid any downloads. This tool checks for more serious hacking, and more specifically, it looks for any tell-a-tale signs that someone is using stealthy setting tweaks to hijack your internet, which may be useful for tougher cases of compromised WIFI security.
Paessler PRTG Router Monitoring
Paessler’s solution is a full suite of router management tools, including automatic detection of strange traffic, analysis of how the network is being used, and other in-depth tools. It may be a bit much for the average home owner worried about their neighbors, but it’s an excellent tool for small businesses concerned about someone hopping on their network without permission.