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Monday, 9 January 2012

3 Ways To Choose A WPA Key That’s Difficult To Hack

Wi-Fi is a great way to stay connected to the Internet all over your home without huge wires, and is the only way many devices like the IPad have access to the Internet. Too often users compromise security for convenience and either leave their network open or choose an easy password. Here are three tips to choosing a secure WPA key for your home Wi-Fi network.

1. Avoid Dictionary Words

Most Wi-Fi hackers get in with a brute force attack. A brute force attack tries random commonly used words and phrases together over and over until it finds the password. If you use simple dictionary words to secure your Wi-Fi than it isn’t a question of if a hacker can get in but rather when.

2. Use Random Capitalization

Since most things are case sensitive getting into the habit of a capitalization pattern goes a long way to creating an unhackable network key. For example, On AnD oFf capitalization is one way to almost guarantee they wont be able to gain access without permission.

3. Double Up Numbers

Using numbers and letters is another great basic tip but a truly random string of numbers is hard to remember but using something like a birthday leaves you vulnerable to anyone who knows personal info about you. One happy medium is to double or triple up numbers. For example, if your birthday is 12/10/1980 than instead of using 12101980 as part of the password use 1212101019801980 it will be far harder to guess and super easy to remember.


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