Is WiFi Password Hacking Possible In 2022?
Ever been subjected to an urban legend that made you look like a fool? As the story is passed from one gullible individual to another, it gains momentum until it spreads like wildfire with no evidence to back it up. The same is happening in the case of WiFi password hacking.
WiFi Password Hacking Myths.
There are so many myths about how to protect ourselves from WiFi hackers when it comes to Wi-Fi security, we can hardly keep up with the spread of them. In every case, we are putting ourselves at risk by assuming wired networks are secure from hackers when they aren't. Let's put an end to Wi-Fi legends for good.
Myth 1: Using WPA or WPA2-Personal will prevent hackers from gaining access to my wireless network!
It's a good start. The Achilles heel of wireless security is also a weak passphrase, even when you're using WPA. Using a passphrase is the best way to keep your information safe. To prevent WiFi hackers from guessing or breaking your password using brute force techniques, choose eight to twenty characters that are easy for you to remember but difficult for them to guess or break.
Myth 2: In my home, I feel safe using WEP (Wired Equivalency Privacy)!
That's a long way off. WiFi Hackers have progressed quite a bit since the invention of WEP in the old millennium. One can crack WEP so easily; even an 11-year-old can do it. Expert WiFi hackers can do it in minutes. That’s the reason behind the invention of WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WPA2-Personal.
Myth 3: Hiding your wireless network's SSID is a good idea!
It is the name displayed to the outside world that identifies your network. A search of the local area will show you all the networks that are open or closed in your area.
It's recommended that you hide your SSID and block others from seeing your network, according to some Internet security “experts”. Thus, your network would be invisible to those who cannot see it, so fraudsters will not be able to access it.
Windows 7 and beyond don’t support that. Windows versions before Vista let users hide their SSID, but it would not prevent an intruder on a mission from hacking your network.
When your SSID is hidden, Windows 7 and higher will still locate your network, but instead of showing the name of your network, it will say “Other Network”.
If someone can determine the name of the network from this point on, it'll be ridiculously easy for them to hack the WiFi password of that network in just a few minutes if they have any hacking skills at all. With wireless network analyzers like Kismet, it's easy to uncover your neighbor's “hidden” wireless network, even if you don't have any hacking skills.
Myth 4: Hackers won't be able to access my network from a parking lot if I can't connect from there!
The world would be a better place if that were to be true, wouldn't it? Unfortunately, it isn’t. The more powerful your antennas and other equipment are, the easier it may be for hackers to locate you when you have both your laptop and wireless adapter on. WiFi Hackers can also exploit public spaces within buildings, such as meeting rooms and bathrooms.
Myth 5: Ethernet is safer than Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby if you use it in your room!
Using outdated technology to outwit hackers? No dice. Shared public networks enable users to access each other's file shares and attack one another. Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections are equally vulnerable.
Myth 6: It's safer to use a paid Wi-Fi hotspot instead of a free one if I pay a fee!
The same is true for commercial hotspots as for public hotspots that are not encrypted. Paying for Internet access does not guarantee it will be safe.
Myth 7: Using a firewall and antivirus program may keep me safe from hackers when using public hotspots!
Your computer can be protected from viruses by antivirus software and personal firewalls. As well as protecting your laptop from malicious users, you also need to protect it from other users on the same network. That can be achieved by turning off file sharing!
There's more. The information sent and received over wireless networks cannot be protected by firewalls or virus protection. The Internet privacy protection that comes with public Wi-Fi hotspots is not included. It is for this reason that a VPN (a virtual private network) is a great way to ensure that your online activities are safe.
Myth 8: Make sure that your router is not handing out too many IP addresses!
The internet is accessible by all devices on your wireless network if they all have an IP address. Devices on your network are automatically assigned IP addresses by the router. This includes smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
However, some people suggest that you limit your router's IP address allocation. Having the limit set by the number of internet-connected devices in your home would make sense since you could set the maximum based on the total of the devices you have in your house.
The attacker can scan your network and note all the devices that are connected to the internet, and then assign a different IP address to one of these systems. The downside is that this method is not effective.
Myth 9: It would be better to lower the transmission power of your wireless network to prevent penetration!
They say, the weaker the network, the harder it is to penetrate. The idea is to reduce the range of your wireless network so hackers have a harder time finding it. Hackers must also physically enter your property to gain access to your network (i.e. walk up to the router).
In practice, it doesn't work like it sounds, as with the rest of the myths listed here. Antennas allow today's Wi-Fi hackers to detect wireless networks from a distance of thousands of feet. The limitation of your wireless network's range will not reduce the risk of hacking but will complicate the use of your network and make it less convenient.
Having these myths dispelled will make it a lot harder for WiFi hackers to invade your network, even in 2022. You don't have to assume that it's impossible to steal your car because the doors are locked in a deserted parking lot; it is the same with your Wi-Fi password hacking!