Use NetSpot to Find Easy to Hack WiFi Networks
The first thing most hackers do is use a WiFi analyzer tool such as NetSpot to locate WEP-protected networks. Unlike wireless networks that use WPA or WPA2, WEP-protected networks are very easy to hack with nothing but a laptop and the right software.
NetSpot has a WiFi analysis mode called Discover, and you can use this mode to collect every detail about surrounding WiFi networks. NetSpot lets you see the names of the networks around you, their signal level, the channels they broadcast on, and also their security.
If you see a network that uses WEP security, you can be sure that anyone can learn how to hack it because learning how to hack a WiFi password isn’t even the difficult part; the difficult part is finding a WiFi network that still relies on WEP security. But with NetSpot, even that’s easy.
How to Secure a WiFi Network Against Hackers
To secure your WiFi network against hackers, you must ensure that it uses a strong wireless security standard and is protected by a secure password.
- Launch NetSpot.
- Enter Discover mode.
- Locate your WiFi network from the list of available WiFi networks.
- Look at the Security column and see if it says “WPA2.”
- If it does, your WiFi network meets the basic prerequisite for security.
However, if your WiFi network isn’t secured by WPA2, you need to change your router’s security settings as soon as possible. Because each router is different, the exact steps vary from router to router. Generally, you need to:
- Find out your router’s IP address.
- Log in to the router’s admin interface.
- Look for WiFi security settings.
- Select WPA2 as your prefer wireless security standard.
- Save the settings and possibly restart your router.
Every time you change your router’s security settings, use NetSpot’s Discover mode to verify that the settings have really been applied. Besides using WPA2 as your preferred wireless security standard, you also need to choose a strong WiFi password to prevent WiFi password hacks. These are some characteristics of a strong password:
- The password is at least 12 characters long.
- The password uses a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.
- The password is not commonly used (12345ASFD).
- The password is completely nonsensical.
- The password contains no personal information (birthdate, maiden name, and so on)
- The password is unique and not used anywhere else.
- The password is not written on a piece of paper or saved by the browser.
- The password is not shared with anyone.
Learning how to hack WiFi passwords allows you to better evaluate whether your wireless network is vulnerable to modern cybersecurity threats. With free and easy-to-use WiFi analyzer apps such as NetSpot, you can discover the most obvious weaknesses in your cybersecurity defenses in a matter of seconds. NetSpot can also optimize the coverage of your wireless network, so you can cover all rooms in your house with a strong WiFi signal and, at the same time, limit the signal only to your house.