Keep your neighbours from hijacking your Wi-Fi
By Jeandre de Beer / Pc World
Question : ROSE SAYS that her Internet service intermittently slows to a crawl, and that she wants to take steps to make sure that her neighbors haven’t hacked into her Wi-Fi network for free connectivity.
Answer : A NUMBER OF issues can produce intermittently slow Internet access, and most of them don’t involve foul play. You could have faulty cables, a bad modem or router, or outdated firmware on either of those devices.
The problem may be with your ISP, and therefore out of your hands.
As much as we would like to think otherwise, however, your problem very well could be with a dishonest neighbour.
And in these days of data caps, such sneaky neighbors could be running up your Internet service bill as they’re slowing down your network’s connection.
I’m assuming that you've password-protected your Wi-Fi network already. If you haven’t, check your router’s documentation and do so immediately.
Even with a password, nothing is ever completely secure, and Wi-Fi networks can be cracked. You need to take extra precautions.
So how can you keep your neighbours from hijacking your Wi-Fi?