Monday, 4 December 2017

Best VPN Services of 2017

5 Best Totally Free VPN Services of 2017


VPN or Virtual Private Network is an online service that provides privacy and security to its users. You can even access blocked websites on your computer using VPN. However, premium VPN services are very expensive and one has to think twice before trying one. What if we told you about 5 best totally free VPN services of 2017? Sounds interesting, isn’t it.


Let’s check them out.

Best VPN Services of 2017


VPN services allows you to send and receive data anonymously and securely. There are many commercial VPNs available on the Internet. Some of the most popular ones come with an expensive price tag. However, if you are looking for an easy way to get started and mask your IP, especially on public Wi-Fi then, try the following free VPN services.

Express VPN




This is an ultrafast VPN service that is available in over 94 countries. You can stream or download anything from their servers and keep your IP address hidden. They offer you 30 days free trial. You can even try their paid version with guaranteed refundable deposit in case you are not happy with their service. It is compatible with all devices and easy to download. If you are a traveler looking for an fast, user friendly VPN, then Express VPN won’t let you down.

Windscribe




Windscribe is another free VPN service that provides about 10GB data/month. It is committed to keeping user privacy protected at all times. All you need to do is create a username and password on sign up. It never stores any connection logs, IP stamps, or browsing history. Those who tweet about it get an extra 5GB and even earn an extra 1GB when a friend joins in. And in case any of your referral joins the Pro subscription, you will get access to the unlimited plan.

Speedify




Speedify is a secure VPN connection that is very strong on the privacy part. It however, provides only 1GB monthly data allowance. It is a fast VPN service and gives you access to all the servers just like in the paid service. However, there is limitation to the amount the data one can download in the free version. In the first month, the users get 4GB free data and then it is reduced to 1GB. However, it is enough for surfing the Internet or checking your emails.

PrivateTunnel




If you want to keep your data safe on any PC or mobile device, then PrivateTunnel is the best choice. It is simple to use and has a range of clients. It is available on many platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It offers 200MB of non-expiring data instead of a monthly subscription package. When you run out of your 200MB, you can either purchase more data in 20GB or 100GB.

TunnelBear




TunnelBear is one of the best free VPN services of 2017. It is completely user-friendly and works fine on both desktop as well as mobile clients. You can choose the free VPN or the subscribed version of this cutely designed VPN service. The free service however offers just 500MB of monthly traffic. This is not much but can be used when you need to keep your identity private and protected.
These are the 5 best free VPN services of 2017. If you like what they offer, then you can definitely try using their paid subscriptions. And if their restricted free versions are enough for you, then go ahead and use them as per your discretion.

References:


1.http://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-vpn
2.https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/top-really-free-vpn-services/
3.https://www.bestvpn.com/free-vpns/
4.https://www.expressvpn.com/bestvpn-editors-pick
5.https://bestvpn.org/best-free-vpns-to-use/
6.https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/285788/the-best-free-vpn-services
7.http://in.pcmag.com/software/38911/guide/the-best-vpn-services-of-2017
8.https://www.top10vpn.com/free-vpn/
9.https://www.vpnranks.com/free-vpn/#1

Tips to Prevent Wi-Fi Theft

Do you find your broadband data suddenly running low?


Is your Internet speed slower than the speed of a turtle? Well, then it means someone is stealing your Wi-Fi network and using it for their personal gains. Many people tend to blame their ISP’s or think their routers are out-of-date. However, at times the real reason is neighbours or kids who love to hack are silently stealing Wi-Fi network from you.



Let us have a look at some tips that helps you prevent stealing of Wi-Fi network.

Tips to Prevent Wi-Fi Theft


There are many methods that you can try all at once or one by one to prevent Wi-Fi theft. These methods will make sure no one can suck the bandwidth out of your connection.


Keep a STRONG Wi-Fi Password


The first step to prevent someone from stealing your Wi-Fi is keeping a strong password. When a password is strong it becomes very difficult for hackers to hack it. You should use a combination of upper and lower case alphabets, numbers, as well as special characters. Do not use common phrases or names such as your pets name or date of birth, zip code, etc. Instead use something that is difficult to guess and hack.

Use Stronger Encryption


You should use strong network encryption to prevent hacking. Do not use the basic WEP encryption. Instead use WPA2 as it is stronger and harder to break.

Keep SSID Names Smart


Do not use ‘My Wi-Fi’ or ‘Internet Zoom’ as your SSID names. These names tend to attract hackers. Use scary names such as malware.exe, Police_Surveillance, cyber_attack, etc. that tends to deter hackers or nosy neighbours from trying to steal your Wi-Fi.

Use Apps to Detect Unwanted Devices IP Address


There are many apps that are available for free and help in detecting unauthorized devices accessing your IP address. Make sure none of your devices are connected to the network. Once the unauthorized IP address are displayed, write them down. Then, connect to the admin page of your router and go to the Security tab. Here, find Mac Filtering  Add Device. Here, enter the IP addresses of the devices you wish to block from accessing your network. Click Apply  Save.
This will block your neighbours who are accessing your Wi-Fi network permanently.

Hide SSID


You can even hide your SSID from being displayed in the list of available Wi-Fi network. Just go to the admin page of your router and uncheck the box where it says display SSID. Thus, no one will be able to detect your Wi-Fi network and thus, will be unable to steal network.

These are some of the tips to prevent theft of Wi-Fi network. Keep your passphrases strong and make sure you use a combination of these tops to deter people who are planning to leech over your Internet connection.


 

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References:


1.https://www.labnol.org/internet/prevent-wifi-theft/19919/
2.http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/secure-wi-fi-stealing-neighbors/
3.https://maxwell.en.softonic.com/blog/wifi-patrol/5-ways-to-stop-your-neighbours-from-stealing-your-wi-fi
4.https://www.pcworld.com/article/237660/WiFi.html
5.https://www.androidpit.com/how-to-know-who-is-stealing-your-wifi-and-block-them
6.https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2015/11/20/stop-neighbors-stealing-your-internet/76097152/
7.https://www.oxhow.com/prevent-neighbors-stealing-wi-fi-network/
8.http://wikimonks.com/prevent-wi-fi-theft/

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Setting Up a Guest Network to Share Your Wi-Fi Network

Having friends over for a party?


Do you have your colleagues or study group coming over for project work? Guests coming over for a week this holiday season? If yes, then you may need to share your Wi-Fi network with them in order to get things working. You may not like the idea of putting your entire Wi-Fi network at risk, but you have no other way out. In order to complete the assignment or project or give your friends and family some freedom to enjoy their stay at your place, you may have to share your Wi-Fi network with them. At times, your neighbor may even request you to share your Wi-Fi for a couple of hours. In such a case, you need to protect your network from getting compromised easily.





The following article will help you in setting up a guest network to share your Wi-Fi network with your friends and family.

What is a Guest Network?


Many network administrators provide the Guest Networking feature. This means you can share your Wi-Fi network without compromising on the sensitive data on your network. This means you can allow access to the guest to use just the Internet and not gain access to other Internet enabled devices on your home network. This includes your Internet-connected TV, computers, NAS, etc.



Today, all the latest models of routers have guest network feature available on their admin page. It is very easy to set up and allow you to control how many features a guest network can allow users to use.

How to Set Up Guest Network for Wi-Fi?


Routers such as D-Link routers have ‘Guest Zone’ on their access page and Linksys have ‘Guest Access’ on their Linksys Smart Wi-Fi remote management interface.

To set up a guest network, you need to do the following:

  • Open a browser and type the default IP address of your router. This is usually 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1.
  • Enter the default username and password when prompted and you will gain access to the admin page of the router.
  • Here look for Settings  Wireless  Guest Zone. If the ‘Status’ is ‘Disabled’ then toggle the button to ‘Enabled’.
  • Now, enter the Guest Network and create a password for your guest network.
  • If you only want the guest to access just the Internet and nothing else, then make sure you toggle the ‘Internet Access Only’ bar to ‘Enabled’.
  • In some cases, you can allow the guest to access the Local home network resources such as file shares and printers.
  • You can even select the maximum number of guests allowed to use the guest network. 

Once you complete the set up and save the settings, it is now time to know how to access the Guest Network. You will need to give it a new SSID that can be accessed by your guests and your main SSID remains safe and sound.

In some cases, you can even set up time limit for guest users to access the Internet. Once the time is up, you can always blame it on router issue. This is all about letting others contact you through your own Wi-Fi network.

References:


1.https://lifehacker.com/how-to-share-your-wi-fi-safely-and-why-you-might-want-1659672959
2.https://www.labnol.org/internet/share-wifi-with-neighbors/21024/
3.http://in.pcmag.com/networking/68109/feature/10-ways-to-set-up-your-wi-fi-for-holiday-guests
4.http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/how-to-give-guests-to-access-your-wi-fi-without-exposin-1777526975
5.https://www.lifewire.com/guest-network-for-home-tutorial-818204
6.http://blog.dlink.com/how-to-set-up-a-guest-wi-fi-network/

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Locating Free WiFi Hotspots in Your Area

Are you running out of data pack?
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Do you need to access the Internet right now? Then you can search for reliable free Wi-Fi hotspots in your area using the tips shared in the article below.

Locating Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Using Search Engines

 

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In case you are travelling and need free Wi-Fi, then you can take the help of Google and Bing. Just search for wireless hotspots around your area using the name of the area you are located or using the zip code in Bing. This will help you locate all the Wi-Fi hotspots available in and around your area.
You can even try Google Places to search for Wi-Fi hotspots globally. Just type the name of the area or zip code and get a list of businesses as well as places where free Wireless Internet is offered.

Locating Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Using Apps




There are many apps on iOS and Android that help in locating Wi-Fi hotspots around you. One such app is WiFiMapper by OpenSignal available on Android and iOS. Just download it on your phone and use it to find the list of nearby hotspots around you on a map. The ones with gray Wi-Fi signal need a password to login and the ones in green are free or open hotspots. Tap on the free hotspot around you and connect to the Internet.

Locating Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Using Facebook






Facebook has rolled out a very useful feature called the ‘Find Wi-Fi’. You need to login to your Facebook app account and then tap on the Find Wi-Fi button. Android users will find it under Apps and iPhone users will find it under the ‘Explore’ section. Once it is granted permission to access your location, it will display all the locations around your area with free Wi-Fi hotspots.

These are some of the common and easy ways for locating free Wi-Fi hotspots around your area. Try them and get access to free Internet easily.

References:


1.https://www.cnet.com/how-to/find-open-hotspots-with-wifimapper/
2.https://www.labnol.org/internet/find-wifi-hotspots/19242/
3.https://lifehacker.com/377919/locate-free-wireless-with-wi-fi-hotspot-finder
4.https://lifehacker.com/5918856/top-10-ways-to-get-free-wi-fi-anywhere-you-go
5.https://www.lifewire.com/wifi-hotspots-explained-818310

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Improving Wi-Fi Signals Using Aluminum Foil

Are their blank spots around the house that cause you to lose Wi-Fi signal?
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Don’t you wish to boost the Wi-Fi signal around your house with the help of a simple, yet effective way? Well, scientists have found the easiest way to boost the Wi-Fi signal around your house.

And the best part is, it is easily available in any kitchen and is very, very cost effective. It is none other than an aluminum foil. Just use the aluminum foil as to shape the flow of your Wi-Fi signal and give your network the much needed speed and coverage.


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The following article will cover the simple method for improving Wi-Fi signals using aluminum foil.

How to Improve Wi-Fi Signal Using Aluminum Foils.


Before we move on to the method to improve Wi-Fi signals using aluminum foil, let us make sure if your router or modem is placed in a wider range.

Your router or modem should be kept in an open place and should not be covered by walls, wood, furniture or other metal obstacles. It should be placed at an higher place so that it can be detected easily by most devices. Do not place it under a table, behind a desktop PC or behind a bookshelf. Make sure the number of devices connected to your router do not exceed the stipulated standard. These points are very important as it can cause your Wi-Fi signal to become weak and disturbed.
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Now, after making sure all these points are clear and not causing problems with your Wi-Fi signal, then it is time to make our very own Wi-Fi booster using aluminum foil.

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Before we get started, you need a few essential things such as:
  • Aluminum foil
  • Router
  • Scissors

Now, let’s get started:

  • Take a piece of aluminum foil and cut it into a shape of a rectangle. Make sure you take a large piece and fold it 2 to 3 times into a rectangle. This will make it a stronger and hold on better.
  • Fold its sides so that they form a curved shape and you could use a cardboard roll or an bottle to help you give it the needed shape.
  • If the aluminum foil is not able to stand, then place thick papers or cardboard around it to allow it to stand on its own.
  • Place this curved, rectangle piece of aluminum foil near the antenna of your router. This will help the signal get amplified and focus on the blank spots around the house.
  • If you have a wall mounted router, then punch two holes in your aluminum foil and place it on the antenna. 

Once the aluminum foil is placed on near the router, you will definitely find improvement in your Wi-Fi signal. It is cheap and easy to do method of boosting a poor wireless network signal without spending money on an expensive Wi-Fi extender.

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References:


1.https://www.sciencealert.com/simple-hack-aluminium-foil-improve-home-wi-fi-wireless-signals
2.http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/simple-trick-improve-wifi-your-11491627
3.http://www.efrennolasco.com/how-to-boost-wifi-signal-using-aluminum-foil/
4.https://www.alltechbuzz.net/increase-wifi-signal-strength-with-al-foil-easily/
5.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5063071/The-simple-hack-improve-WiFi-minutes.html
6.http://www.iflscience.com/technology/boost-wifi-signal-tin-foil-hat/
7.https://www.labnol.org/software/increase-wifi-signal-strength-with-aluminum/8064/

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

How to Encourage Customers to Use Your Wi-Fi?

How to Lure Customers to Use Your Business Wi-Fi Hotspot

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Since Facebook has started offering ‘Find Free Wi-Fi’ feature to its users, businesses have started to take Wi-Fi marketing seriously. Businesses are trying to find new ways to encourage customers to use their Wi-Fi hotspot.

Let us learn more about the ways that help lure potential customers to use your business Wi-Fi hotspot.


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What is Wi-Fi Marketing?


Before we go into the details of attracting potential customers to your business by providing free hotspots, let us understand what Wi-Fi marketing is. This is the latest method to advertise your business or service. It helps by communicating directly with your customers or users at the point of your business.

Today, every person is connected to the Internet in some way or the other. This includes by use of laptops, notebooks, tablets, as well as smartphones. People are always looking for free Wi-Fi to stay connected online when travelling and save previous and expensive mobile data.

When a business offers free Wi-Fi to a user, they are bound to visit the place more often and use their services to some extent. They even need to login or ‘Like’ in some cases the businesses ‘splash’ page. This gives an opportunity to business owners to learn more about their potential customers. Thus, according to the data collected, you can showcase more relevant products, services, offers, promotional discounts, etc. related to your business. Once this information is passed on to the customer, they will be connected to the Internet and access any online service they need.

After certain period of time, the customer will again return to the original splash page, reminding them of the business that is providing them with the free Wi-Fi service.
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How to Encourage Customers to Use Your Wi-Fi?


It is important to find simple yet effective ways that encourages customers to the Wi-Fi offered by your business establishment. This will bring in more potential customers and increase your sales. Let us have a look at some of the simplest methods to help attract more customers using your Wi-Fi hotspot.

Make authentication easier


When a customer searches for free Wi-Fi using the ‘Find Free Wi-Fi’ feature on Facebook, they tend to look for places that do not have complicated authentication processes. No one wants to spend time trying complicated passwords or authentication processes just to gain entry to free hotspot connections. Just keep this first step very simple. The user needs to ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ your splash page on Facebook by login into their Facebook account. Once this is done, they can continue to browse any site they wish.

Reward Them With Attractive Deals


Once they gain access to your Wi-Fi connection, you can reward them by offering personalized discounts, coupons or even deals that motivates them to use your services or buy your products. This even encourages them to visit your store or café or business more often to get similar deals.


Encourage Users to Bring In More Customers for More Exclusive Deals


You can encourage users to ‘Check-in’ to your Facebook page and encourage more potential users in their friends list to visit your business. More people from their friends list coming in with their deal code will result in attractive discounts for the new as well as old customer. Thus, you not just encourage a customer to return, but even indirectly bring in more customers.

Give Offers Based on Statistics


If you have a coffee shop and find couples walking in more, then offer ‘Buy 1 Coffee Latte and Get 1 Free’ offer only to their Wi-Fi hotspot users. Or a retail clothes store can offer special offers to their lady clients who purchase more than a certain amount. You need to analyze your target audience and their habits. Thus finding ways to make them visit your store more and more.

These are some ways to lure customers to use your Wi-Fi hotspot and visit your business more often. Thus, improving your list of patrons in terms of sale and followers on social media account that gives you indirect promotion.

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References:


1.https://www.tanaza.com/blog/encourage-wi-fi-customers-access-hotspot/
2.http://smallbusiness.chron.com/wifi-used-attract-customers-39535.html
3.http://www.wifimarketing.net/what-is-wifi-marketing-p306.aspx
4.http://www.gozonewifi.com/encourage-customers-access-wifi-hotspot/
5.https://www.reshiftmedia.com/facebook-free-wifi/

Monday, 20 November 2017

How Facebook Can Help You Find Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

Running low on data and need to use the Internet?


Do you want to post your travel escapades on Facebook and you do not have access to Wi-Fi? Worry not. Facebook is here to rescue you.

Last year, Facebook came up with a beta version that helped locate free Wi-Fi hotspots around you. Now, it is rolling out this feature globally for both iOS and Android versions of the Facebook app.

Let us go into the details of how Facebook can help you find free Wi-Fi hotspots.





How is ‘Find Wi-Fi’ Feature of Facebook Useful?


The ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature is useful for international travelers as well as local travelers who need data to use the Internet. College students running low on data packs or international travelers who need to save their roaming data will find this feature useful.

Businesses also find it useful as it helps them earn real money by drawing in people who visit their stores for free Wi-Fi and end up purchasing their products or services in return.

Many cafes, restaurants as well as eateries find it profitable to patrons who come in looking for free Internet and end up spending money on their food. This way all benefit and stay connected.



How to Find Free Wi-Fi hotspot feature on Facebook?


First and foremost, in order to access the find Wi-Fi feature you need to have access to data. Only then can you scan for free Internet networks around you and enjoy surfing freely.

  • Open Facebook app and tab on the ‘Hamburger Menu’ or the ‘More’ tab that is indicated by the three vertical line button.
  • Go to the ‘Explore’ section and look for ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature on an iPhone.
  • Android users need to go to the Apps section for ‘Find Wi-Fi feature’. You may need to allow Facebook to access your location for the feature to work efficiently.
  • Once the permission is granted, it will locate all free Wi-Fi hotspots around you. This will be visible in terms of Business that share information regarding free hotspot on their Pages.
  • You will find businesses with free Wi-Fi on the top along with the name of their Wi-Fi network name. Or it will display the list of locations as per walking distance where you can find free Wi-Fi.
  • Facebook will list businesses along with their category, that is, if it is a coffee shop, retail store or an ice cream parlor. It even shows their business hours so that you know which place is the best to visit and when.
  • You can even find the direction to the business offering free Wi-Fi on Facebook Page.

This is all you need to do to use Facebook’s ‘Fine Free Wi-Fi’ feature. It is very useful in case you need an Internet connection in an emergency or when you data network signal is very weak.

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References:

1.1http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/30/technology/business/facebook-find-wifi-internet-security/index.html
2.https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2017/07/05/facebook-find-wi-fi/#1ab177e134bb
3.https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-find-free-wi-fi-hotspots-with-facebook-locator/
4.https://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/facebook-find-wifi/
5.https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/30/facebook-is-rolling-out-its-find-wi-fi-feature-worldwide/

Sunday, 19 November 2017

How do I Put My New Router Password in My Phone

Have you installed a new Wi-Fi router or changed the existing router password? If yes, then you will need to reconnect the Wi-Fi connection in your phone.


Let us see the following tutorial on how do I put my new router password in my phone.



Entering the New Router Password in Your Phone


In order to connect to the Internet, you need to get access to the router. Just follow the simple steps below to get back your Internet connection.


  1. Go to Settings -> Wi-Fi and turn on the wifi button.
  2. It will automatically scan the available networks.
  3. Click on the network you would like to connect and it will ask you to enter Password. Enter the new password and tap on Connect. In case of an iOS device click on Join.
  4. In case your network is unable to connect, click on Forget Network and then follow the steps 1 to 3.
  5. This is all you need to do to put new router password in your phone.

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 References:


1.http://communityforums.rogers.com/t5/Internet/how-do-i-put-the-new-router-password-in-my-phone-so-I-can-use/td-p/283721
2.https://www.windstream.com/Support/How-do-I-set-up-my-wireless-connection-on-my-Android-smartphone-/
3.http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/troubleshoot-wi-fi-connections-on-your-android-phone/
4.https://nest.com/support/article/What-should-I-do-when-I-change-my-Wi-Fi-network-password-or-get-a-new-Wi-Fi-router

How to Reset Your Username and Password on a Linksys Wireless Router

There may come a time when you may need to access the admin page of your Linksys router.


Or update the firmware of the Linksys router and need access to the admin page. You may have changed the default password and even the username. You may have forgotten the new credentials and the best way to reach the admin page is by resetting the router.



Let us learn how to reset your username and password on a Linksys wireless router in the following article.


Resetting Username and Password on Linksys Wireless Router


  1. The first thing to do is take a thin pointed object and push the tiny reset button on the back panel of the Linksys router. Keep the button pressed for 30 seconds.
  2. REMEMBER: Resetting will lead to loss of all encryption information saved on your router. It will be as good as a new router.
  3. After you have completed pressing the button and the LED lights on the router panel stop blinking, enter the default IP address of your Linksys router in any web browser.
  4. A window will pop up asking you to enter your username and password. After resetting, you need to enter default username and password.
  5. In case you have forgotten the default credentials, look at the sticker on the router. It will contain information related to username and password.
  6. Usually, the username in Linksys router needs to be kept Blank and type admin in the password field. 



This is all about how to reset your username and password on a Linksys router. Just follow this simple procedure and make sure you change the passkey or password of your network as well. This will keep your network secured and safe from hackers.

You may also like to read


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References


1.https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/internet/highspeed/networking/troubleshooting/questionsone/87853.htm
2.http://smallbusiness.chron.com/reset-username-password-linksys-wireless-router-54174.html

Why Is It Dangerous to Use Default Router Passwords?

The easiest way to attack a system is by entering the default password for a router.


Many attackers scan an area for Wi-Fi networks and attempt to login using the default password. Many unsuspecting Internet users never realize the importance of updating their default router passwords.



Let us have a look at the risks of default router passwords.


The Vulnerabilities of Default Router Passwords


Using the default password and in some cases the username is a gift on platter for attackers. The default passwords for almost all routers is available easily on the Internet. All the attacker needs to do is figure out the default router password for your model and enter your admin page.

Once they gain entry into your network, it becomes easy for the attackers to drain the bandwidth and use up the data pack, in case you do not have an unlimited data plan.

Easy access to your network leaves your system vulnerable to attacks that are more malicious. These include virus attack or complete takeover of your private information that includes your social media accounts or even bank accounts.

The hacker may take control of your computer and view your private folders, information, files, photographs as well as videos. They may then download this on their computer and use it to blackmail or tarnish your image.

There are many possibilities of malicious attempts that may only occur because you never thought of changing the default Wi-Fi network password. Change your Wi-Fi Internet password as well as default admin password of the router. Keep yourself secure and safe from hackers, attackers and even neighbors who enjoy feeding off your Internet.



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192.168.1.1

192.168.0.1

References:

1.https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/77112/danger-of-default-router-password
2.https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/141157/is-it-dangerous-to-use-default-router-admin-passwords-if-only-trusted-users-are
3.https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA13-175A
4.https://www.sans.edu/cyber-research/security-laboratory/article/default-psswd
5.https://www.perspectiverisk.com/top-5-common-network-vulnerabilities-default-login-credentials/

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

10 Remedies to Improve Your Wi-Fi Speed

You have signed up for 100 Mbps speed Internet service and the painfully slow download speeds and mind blogging slow streams are killing you.


Don’t you wish you got the speed you need and are paying for? Well, we will share with you 10 reasons why you Wi-Fi speed stinks and how you can overcome it.



1. Time for a Speed Test


The first thing to check before going on a witch-hunt is if the speed is what you think you are receiving from the ISP. At times, you may sign up for a particular Internet speed, but the ISP has been providing you with a much lower speed than your said plan. Just go to speedtest.net to run a speed test. If the results are what you expected, then it’s time to find other reasons. And if the speed tests shows a much lower speed than your plan, then it’s time to call your network call center. They may need to upgrade you to the better deal and fix your problem of slow internet.


2. Hardware Troubles


Many times, the router you use may get outdated and the firmware does not match the latest Wi-Fi standard. The newest Wi-Fi standard is 802.11ac and 802.11n is a popular standard for routers. In case your router is still running on 802.11b or 802.11g standard, then it is time for a change of device.

3. It’s All About the Correct Channel


When you set up a router, it will automatically detect the least crowded channel. This becomes it’s default channel and will it will continue to work on it. However, the nearby homes, offices or neighbors may bring in their routers, which starts crowding the particular channel used by your router. This increase in traffic may slow down your Internet speed. Thus, it is wise to use InSSIDer or NirSoft software to check the Wi-Fi spectrum and find a less crowded channel.


4. Update the Firmware


You may have the latest router installed, yet you need to upgrade the firmware regularly. Many updates from the manufacture help in improving the bandwidth, feature set as well as resiliency to signals. Thus, visit the manufacturer’s website and check the updates for your router’s firmware.

5. Update the Wi-Fi Driver or Adapter


Just like the router’s firmware, at times, the USB or built in wireless adapter/driver needs an upgrade. The adapter or driver may not be able to communicate with the laptop or PC causing all the slow Internet problems. Upgrade your driver using online free tools such as Driver Talent that helps find the problem and even give a downloadable solution to update your drivers and adapters.

6. Check the Power Settings


Many routers have ‘power savings’ mode enabled in them by default. This tends to help to save a few milliwatts that in turn affects the bandwidth. So, go to the router’s settings and search for ‘Transmission Power’ or Eco modes. Turn these modes OFF. Also look for any kind of ‘Automatic Transmission’ settings. Turn it OFF as well as and keep it at 100%.

7. Measure the Distance 


At times, the distance between the wireless router as well as the wireless adapter can cause disturbance of speed. If there are concreate walls or furniture in the path of the router signals could hamper your Internet speed. You can try NetSpot for Mac or Heatmapper for Windows and track your Wi-Fi coverage at home as well as office. Thus, allowing you to find dark spots where the Internet speed is reduced.

8. Your PC Needs A Makeover

At times Wi-Fi signals are weak when the computer or the laptop has too much clutter installed on it or has become too old. It may be running well, but once the OS version is outdated, it will affect all the other programs including the Internet speed. So, time to declutter the computer by uninstalling programs and files. Or, maybe you should think of investing in a new computer or laptop.

9. Look Out for Freeloaders


It can be possible that the next-door kid has figured out your Wi-Fi password, or your mom has shared your password with the friendly neighbor next door. These freeloaders may be sucking out the bandwidth of your Internet connection by streaming HD movies, downloading large files or playing online games. Better change your Wi-Fi network password and be sure to make it strong. This will allow you to get rid of freeloaders who hog up your Internet speed.

10. Keep Away the Disturbances


Is your router placed over the refrigerator? Is there a microwave oven nearby your router? Or do you keep your mobile phones or tablets near your router? Well, many devices such as these as well as fairy lights, baby monitors, speakers, etc. tend to emit their own frequencies that interferers with your routers signals. This affects your Internet speed leading to a slower connection. Get rid of these interferences away from your router and observe if it does make difference to your Internet speed.
These are the 10 reasons why your Wi-Fi speed gives you a headache. You should try to look into these reasons and make sure your Internet speed improves.

You may also like to read


How to reset a router to factory default settings

What is the difference between router, hub and switch?

What is default username and password for the router

Ways to keep your internet browsing private and anonymous

References:


1.https://www.itworld.com/article/2827249/networking/10-reasons-your-wi-fi-speed-stinks-and-what-you-can-do-about-it.html?page=2
2.https://www.techworld.com/picture-gallery/developers/14-reasons-your-wi-fi-speed-stinks-how-boost-wi-fi-signal-3633986/
3.https://websetnet.com/10-reasons-wi-fi-speed-stinks-boost-wi-fi-signal/
4.https://mjtkavanagh.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/10-reasons-your-wi-fi-speed-stinks/
5.https://lifehacker.com/top-10-ways-to-deal-with-a-slow-internet-connection-514138634

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Find Wi-Fi Password on Android Phone


Trying to find the password to a wireless network that you had been previously connected to?


Well, many cafes and malls offer free Wi-Fi. Thus, you need to save their passwords on your smartphones. If you happen to visit a mall or café with a friend, you may need the password to connect their devices too with the free Wi-Fi. When you open you Wi-Fi settings to get the password, all you see is a sea of asterisks! This definitely sucks, as you cannot connect a new device to the free Wi-Fi. Thus, bringing us to the dilemma if it is possible to find Wi-Fi password on Android phone.



Yes, it is definitely possible to uncover the password hidden behind those secretive asterisks.



Let us find out how.

Root Your Phone


The most important aspect of finding Wi-Fi password on an Android phone is rooting your phone. This is because you need to get admin access to the information stored in the phone’s system. If your phone is not rooted yet, then you need to take a tutorial for that or visit an expert.

Try Retrieving Without Rooting


If you do not wish to root your phone or undergo all that hassle, then the best option for you is to use certain apps that will help you access the phone’s system directly.

One such useful app that helps you find wifi password on Android phone is ES File Explorer.

Download ES File Explorer from Google Play. Once installed, open the app and follow the steps below.

  • Open the app and swipe left to reach the Navigation bar.
  • Here, tap on Local -> Device -> System
  • Look for etc folder and tap on it.
  • Find the wifi folder and click on the file within it called wpa_supplicant.conf.
  • It will ask you to select ES Note Editor or HTML Viewer.
  • Select ES Note Editor and you will be able to see all your saved WiFi passwords.

If this method does not work for you then you can try Wi-Fi Key Recovery app. This app allows you to find saved Wi-Fi passwords on your android phone.



Once installed you need to:

  • Tap on ‘Grant’ the first time the app opens and asks you for Superuser access.
  • Then it will take you to a list of Wi-Fi networks that were connected to your phone and each entry has a ‘psk’ field.
  • You can type the name of the network you need the password for in the SSID Quicksearch field.
  • You will now be able to see the Network and its psk or password on your screen.
  • Tap on the SSID and you will see a small pop up menu on the screen. You can select either Copy password, Copy All or Show QR Code.
  • With this, you can share just the password or the entire information with another device using the phone’s build-in sharing system.

This is the simplest way to find Wi-Fi password on Android phones.

You may also like to read


How to reset a router to factory default settings

What is default username and password for the router

Should I use WPA2, WPA or WEP encryption on my network?

How to block devices from home wifi network

References:

1.https://www.guidingtech.com/29149/view-saved-wifi-password-android-ios/
2.https://www.greenbot.com/article/3144106/android/how-to-see-wi-fi-passwords-on-an-android-phone.html
3.https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/see-passwords-for-wi-fi-networks-youve-connected-your-android-device-0160995/
4.https://www.androidpit.com/how-to-show-wi-fi-password-on-android
5.http://www.howtohax.com/view-see-saved-wifi-password-android-without-root/

Friday, 6 October 2017

Ways to Keep Your Internet Browsing Private and Anonymous

Hate targeted ads popping up on every page you surf after you Googled for a particular thing about 7 days back.


Do you want to keep the website you visited private and not appear when you have a sibling browsing the Internet? There are plenty of reasons to keep your Internet browsing private and anonymous. If you too wish to stay anonymous avoid website trackers to pick up every move on the Internet, then you can try the following tips.


These tips will help keep your Internet browsing private from everyone.




Tips to keep your internet browsing private and anonymous


Tip 1: The Onion Router (Tor)


If you wish to stay anonymous from everyone online, then The Onion Router (Tor) is the answer. It is a specially designed Internet routing system. It helps route traffic by encrypting the IP address of their origin. You can use the Tor browser that can be easily downloaded as a plug-in  for an open-source browser such as Firefox.

Tip 2: Block Third-party Cookies


The most common way for advertisers to sneak up during your browsing sessions is by tracking your browsing habits. You can prevent this by turning off their ability to track cookies. This may not be the ultimate solution to remain private, but it makes it difficult for advertisers to build a profile around you.



Tip 3: Block Location Data


Many websites have started to gather location data of the users to help identify who they are. It is better to turn off the location data on your browser completely. This will prevent broadcasting your IP address to every server you reach.

Tip 4: Do Not Track


Using the Do Not Track flag you can get some protection from trackers. This is not much of a tool to remain anonymous, but it helps keep some information related to your browsing habit private. Keep in mind, there is no rule for web servers to follow this flag. So do not expect much help from it.

Tip 5: Block JavaScript


You may not believe it, but JavaScript is a powerful tool to help gather information related to you. It can provide web servers with information related to you such as the plug-ins installed on your browser, and even the size of the screen you use. Thus, making it easier for snoopy governments or advertisers to track your usage profile. So, better disable the JavaScript in your browser, if you wish to remain anonymous. You can use NoScript extension that helps you whitelist domains that have the permission to use JavaScript.

Tip 6: Use on HTTPS Websites


HTTPS is the best way to keep away nosy sniffers away from your private business. However, not all websites use HTTPS. Thus, you can try the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension that forces SSL connections on most websites. This extension can be installed on Firefox, Chrome, as well as Opera and keep your web traffic safe and secure.

Tip 7: Block WebRTC


The browser you use can leak your network information to a web browser. This can happen when the WebRTC is enabled on your browser. It will allow any website to get access to your real IP address when using a VPN. So, make sure WebRTC is disabled on your browser. Firefox users can do it by about:config, and select media.peerconnection.enabled to “false”. You can even try uBlock Origin to turn this off in Chrome and Firefox.

Tip 8: Browser Leak Test


Do you think your browser is secretly sharing information related to you? Then it is time to check out BrowserLeaks.com. It will help you know about all the information your browser gave away to trackers.

There are many other ways to keep your Internet browsing private and anonymous. You could try using Proxy servers and VPN addresses to browse online. You could even opt out of “shared endorsement” in Google ads and turn off the ad personalization in your Google account settings. This will prevent Google from creating a profile related to you for targeted mails. You can even download Google Analytics Browser Add-on to disable Google Analytics from tracking your movements.

Keeping your privacy safe online may be difficult; however, you can take a few steps to maintain it as much as possible.

References:


1.https://qz.com/948506/how-to-pick-a-vpn-to-keep-your-internet-browsing-secure-and-private/
2.https://null-byte.wonderhowto.com/how-to/hack-like-pro-keep-your-internet-traffic-private-from-anyone-0160987/
3.https://lifehacker.com/5923017/how-can-i-prevent-my-isp-from-tracking-my-every-move
4.https://lifehacker.com/how-to-make-your-entire-internet-life-more-secure-in-on-1348598911
5.https://www.extremetech.com/internet/180485-the-ultimate-guide-to-staying-anonymous-and-protecting-your-privacy-online
6.https://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-to-browse-the-web-anonymously/
7.https://www.theguardian.com/technology/askjack/2016/nov/24/how-can-i-protect-myself-from-government-snoopers

Friday, 22 September 2017

Resetting BSNL broadband wi-fi password

Easiest Way to Reset or Change BSNL Broadband Wi-Fi Password



One of the largest broadband providers in India is BSNL. Many users across the country prefer BSNL as their ISP. It is important to keep changing your BSNL Wi-Fi password regularly. It not only helps prevent overheating problems of the modem in case you are not using a wireless connection, but also helps keep away unauthorized access to your network.




Reset or changing BSNL broadband Wi-Fi password is a very simple procedure for many experts. You don’t need to be an expert to understand the steps. In the following steps, you will learn the easiest way to reset or change BSNL broadband Wi-Fi password.

Simple Solution for Changing Your BSNL Broadband Wi-Fi Password

  1. Switch on your modem and connect it to your computer.
  2. Open any web browser such as Internet Explorer and type the default IP address http://192.168.1.1.
  3. You will be prompted to enter the default username and password to access the router admin page.
  4. The default username and password for BSNL routers is mostly admin/admin.
  5. If not, then you can check it out on the modem itself. The default credentials is usually printed on the backside of your router device.
  6. After you gain access to the configuration page, you need to go to Internet  Wireless  Pre-Shared key.
  7. Here, you will see your Wi-Fi password. Enter your new password that is at least 8 characters long with upper and lower case alphabets, numbers and special characters.
  8. In case you are using another router or modem instead of the BSNL device, then you may find the password under WAN or Advanced Wireless setting tab.
  9. Click on Save or Submit and your new password will be successfully saved.



This is all you need to do to reset or change BSNL broadband Wi-Fi password. Just try it and it will be done before you know it.

References:

1.https://bpedia.co.in/two-simple-steps-to-change-bsnl-broadband-wifi-password/
2.https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-change-the-BSNL-broadband-WiFi-router-password
3.https://technofizi.net/how-to-change-bsnl-broadband-wifi-password/
4.http://www.technicaltrick.com/2012/11/how-to-change-to-wi-fi-password-in-bsnl.html
5.https://www.alltop9.com/change-bsnl-broadband-wifi-router-password/
6.http://www.stephenrajkumar.com/stephens-blog/how-to-reset-bsnls-wifi-password

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Difference between WiFi Repeater, Extender and Booster

People often find certain points around their homes get weak Wi-Fi signals.


This makes them try to find better ways to boost their Wi-Fi range. However, they are often confused which device to buy Wi-Fi extender, booster or repeater? Most of these terms are often used carelessly and many manufactures either call their devices repeaters, extenders or boosters interchangeably.


Let us learn about the difference between Wi-Fi repeater, extender and booster or if they all mean the same from the following article.



What is a Wi-Fi Repeater?


Suppose you have a home or office wireless network, MyNetwork01. You find your Wi-Fi signal does not reach certain points in the house or office. Now, you bring home a Wi-Fi repeater. It acts as an Access Point and boosts the signal to every corner of your network. A repeater is similar to your wireless router, wherein, the secondary one picks up the signals from the primary router and transmits it. Thus, you can receive a stable Wi-Fi network in areas where it was weak.

What is a Wi-Fi Extender?


Now, let us take the example of our MyNetwork01. When you use an extender, it helps in expanding the range of the existing wireless router. This means it captures the switch signal or Wi-Fi router signal and retransmits it.

However, this retransmission occurs under a new name MyNetwork02. So, if you are in the area of poor network, then you need to connect to MyNetwork02 and not MyNetwork01. And if other devices such as your Wi-Fi printer is connected to MyNetwork01, then it won’t be much of a help to a laptop active on MyNetwork02.

What is a Wi-Fi Booster?


A Wi-Fi booster is useful for people who find many spots in their homes where the wireless signal does not reach. The booster connects with your current wireless network and bounces stronger signals around the area. A booster is very useful for smartphone or tablet users to get better Wi-Fi signals from their existing hotspot.

This was something about the difference between Wi-Fi repeater, extender and booster.

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi

‘Free Wi-Fi’ appears inviting especially when you are running dry on your mobile network connection.


You may find such free Wi-Fi hotspot zones at the airport, coffee shops, library as well as shopping malls. Why waste a good network when it available for free! Well, stop before you connect to any ‘Absolutely Free Wi-Fi Zone’.

An open Wi-Fi zone is never safe and anyone can pry on your private browsing history easily. Even an amateur hacker can gather details of your login ID and password. So imagine what a seasoned hacker could do with your private information.



Some simple ways will help you know how to stay safe on public Wi-Fi. Let us have a look at these tips that will keep you safe on a free Wi-Fi zone.


Staying Safe on Public Wi-Fi


Security is a big issue when it comes to free Wi-Fi. It may be convenient to use a free Wi-Fi zone, but it is full of risk. If you are ready to take the risky plunge into a free Wi-Fi zone, let us gear you up with some tips to stay safe.

Choose Wisely


You may find many free open networks around you at the airport or a shopping mall. Make sure to choose a network wisely. Before choosing any network, think if it sounds familiar or not. Many times, the names of the shops providing it are flashed as the network names. If you have any doubts ask the staff before signing on to any network.

At the airport, it is better to use Wi-Fi networks provided by a coffee shop or retailers than using the network provided by the airport itself. There are many curious eyes trying to find an unsuspecting victim online to pounce upon.


Keep the Sharing Off


You may need to keep sharing on when using a secured network at home or office. However, on an open network, make sure it is turned off. Make sure no one can access your files, printers and even remote login from other computers on a public network. It is not necessary only a hacker may access your data, it can be anyone within the public network who can peep into your private world.

You can turn off sharing in Windows by opening the Control Panel. Here go to Network and Internet  Network and Sharing Center  Change Advanced Sharing Settings. Turn off file and printer sharing as well as network discovery and Public folder sharing. Windows usually turn off most of it automatically when you choose an open network. However, it is wise to check the settings once yourself to avoid any mishaps later.

OS X users need to go to System Preferences  Sharing. Make sure all the boxes are unchecked and turn off network discovery. In OS X, you will find it as a ‘stealth mode’ under the firewall’s advanced settings.

Use Only Secured Websites


The green lock icon next to the website address in the browser address bar may appear cute but is very important. Regular websites exchange a lot of plain text over a wireless network. Those with the skills to intercept them can easily find the cream from the crowd. This may not be worrisome when you are just browsing through some recipes or reading an article on the stock market. It becomes a concern when you log in to your email account or a social media account like Facebook.

Thus, it is necessary to use HTTPS websites or enable SSL that helps in encrypting data transferred between the computer and the web server. Many big players such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Facebook, etc. automatically secure the address bar with the ‘s’ in the ‘https’. However, if you find the ‘s’ disappear from your browser, just log out immediately.

Never ever, carry out secured transactions on a public Wi-Fi. This includes bank transactions, sharing important office files, or providing your credit card details for online shopping. Wait until you reach a secured network such as your home Wi-Fi or office network.

Use VPN


You can try using VPN or Virtual Private Network that helps you route all your Internet activity using a separate secure, private network. Thus, you get the privacy of a secured network even when using a public network.

Browse cautiously when using a free Wi-Fi zone. Do not carry out important financial transactions or send sensitive data over public Wi-Fi. Log out of any account such as Facebook, Gmail, etc. once you are done browsing. Forget the network after you leave the zone on your computer. Stay smart and this will reduce your risk of becoming a pawn in the hands of seasoned hackers. These are some tips on how to stay safe on public Wi-Fi. Keep them in mind and browse safely the next time you use a free Internet zone.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

What is Typical Range of Wireless Network

When we use a wireless network, the first thing that comes to our minds is the range.


The range of wireless network will help you get uninterrupted connectivity in every corner of your room. So, what is the typical range of wireless network? Let us have a look.



Factors Affecting Range of a Wireless Network




Range of a wireless network depends on different factors that include the number of access points as well as the type of wireless router used.

In a normal setting, a typical home based router can easily cover a small family. However, if you are using a wireless network for a small office or a large business, then you will need to build grids of access points all over the building.

The range of a wireless network also depends on the device used. The range of devices is affected by the following factors:

  • The 802.11 protocol it runs on
  • The strength of the device transmitter
  • The nature of the different physical obstructions such as concrete walls or stainless steel cupboards
  • Radio interference in its range such as home appliances like microwaves or different wireless routers from the surrounding neighbours



General Range of a Typical Wireless Network


After taking into consideration the various factors, the typical range of wireless network working on a 2.4 GHz band can reach about 46 meters, that is, 150 feet indoors. The same wireless network kept in an open area (outdoors) can reach a range of 92 meters, that is, 300 feet.

Old router models such as the 802.11a routers that used the 5 GHz bands could reach about 1/3rd of the above distance. The latest models of routers today that use dual band, that is, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz simultaneously have better range than the previous models.

It has been found the 5 GHz WiFi connections are easily affected by the obstructions in the house. This includes brick walls, metal frames, etc. that can cause reduction in range up to 25%.

In case of residential buildings, routers using 2.4GHz radios are more susceptible to congestion and crowding. This is because most of the common appliances around the house use the 2.4GHz range. Thus, affecting the range as well as causing connectivity issues.

Conclusion


The 2.4GHz band will give you a better range of wireless network but with a slower speed. If you opt for a 5GHz band, you will get about 10 to 15 feet of range as it cannot penetrate hard or solid objects such as walls. However, it allows faster data transmission for uploading and downloading data.