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.

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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.