On a computer that doesn’t have GPS and cellular connection, how does your browser get your location? The obvious answer is it uses your IP address. But that is not true. You can do two simple tests to confirm this: Open https://browserleaks.com/geo. Click Allow Location Access when prompted. Check your location and Accuracy. More likely […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
How big is the risk? Time and time again you’ve been told that public WiFi hotspots or compromised routers will get your credit card numbers and banking info stolen. However, such risks have been overly hyped. We agree that public, open WiFi networks totally cannot be trusted. And that compromised routers can be used to […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
There are many reasons you want to switch off your WiFi at night. Some people worry about the prolonged exposure to EMF radiation during their sleeping hours. Others are concerned about the security risks of keeping it on all time. Still others believe that turning off your router at night extends its lifespan. After all, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Are you worried that someone is connecting to your WiFi router without your permission? Well, if you are securing your WiFi with WPA2-AES (CCMP) encryption and a fairly strong password, you should be confident that no one is able to connect to your WiFi without knowing your password. Not even with the most recent KRACK […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In a previous post, I talked about how to secure your router WiFi. That’s only half of the puzzle. Another type of attack on your router comes directly from the Internet, without the need to connect to your WiFi signal. Due to the various security flaws on the home WiFi router, and the fact that […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Technologies change fast, what was once considered safe and secure may become vulnerable and obsolete by today’s standards. Here I’ll show five wireless security settings generally available on a WiFi router, and their effectiveness in securing your WiFi network. Disable SSID broadcast. It is often recommended that you should disable SSID broadcasting to make your […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When WiFi connections become slow, the first thing many people do is to buy a better, more powerful router. But many times the problem can be avoided by simply changing the WiFi router to another channel. There are two factors affecting WiFi performance, distance and radio frequency interference (RF interference). In contrast to people’s intuitive […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
My first wireless router was a Belkin with 2MB flash and 8MB RAM. It was the cheapest among all 54G routers in the store. Since none of the products advertised CPU, ROM and RAM sizes, etc., and all of them were labeled 54G, why shouldn’t I choose the cheapest? In retrospect, that may or may […]Continue Reading... No Comments.