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How to Protect Your Apartment Wi-Fi

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Most everyone has Wi-Fi in their homes nowadays. You’re likely to find Wi-Fi access nearly anywhere you go, and network names are available for devices looking to connect. This can become especially problematic in highly-populated spaces, such as apartment complexes. These tips can help you keep your Wi-Fi network safe:

Wi-Fi Password

  • Be careful who you give your password to. Only allow those you trust – such as close friends and relatives – your password. Once someone has it, they can connect to it anytime they’re nearby.
  • Don’t make your password easy for others to guess. Those looking for free Wi-Fi might take a stab at guessing your password, so it’s best to keep something complicated, such as a long string of random numbers and letters.

Be Alert

  • Be sure to pay close attention to how your Wi-Fi performs. If it suddenly slows down drastically for a period of time, or you start noticing a pattern of it, this may be cause for concern.

Check Your Wi-Fi

  • If you suspect someone may be using your Wi-Fi, turn off and unplug each device you use to connect. This includes phones, computers, tablets, game consoles, and streaming devices. Once your devices are disconnected, the indicator lights on your router shouldn’t be blinking. If they are, it may mean that someone outside your home is connected to your Wi-Fi.
  • Another way to check who’s logged into your Wi-Fi is by logging into your network administrative console with your IP address. Once here, you will be able to see which devices are or have connected to your Wi-Fi. You may be able to block users you do not want accessing your Wi-Fi using this method.

If all else fails, contact your internet service provider for advice if you think someone else is using your Wi-Fi. Stay safe, and enjoy living at Partridge Hill Apartments!

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