How intense can it get if your WiFi is hacked?


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Hey guys. How’s quarantine going? Amidst all the chaos in the world, I have a small quarantine content for you guys. Spoiler alert, You might not be happy to know how intense it can get if your WiFi is hacked. But still knowing the truth won’t create any harm, rather you can take some protective measures against it which I’ll be discussing as well.

First of all, hacking a WiFi network is not so difficult at this time. It can be done by some script kiddies by simply using tools like airmon-ng, hashcat because there are tons of tutorials that you can find on Google regarding the same subject. But success rate of this type of hacking mostly depends upon how strong password you have kept. It is advised to keep a password that cannot be found in some famous wordlists which will somehow lessen the chances your WiFi can be hacked.

Now that your WiFi is hacked, unfortunately, What can hackers do? Hackers can simply perform some man-in-the-middle attack to gain access to your WebCamera or any other credentials. They can also gain access to your bank account credentials. With tools like WireShark, hackers can see what site you are using, the email and password you are entering and many more.

Hackers can also change the firmware on your router so that they can manipulate anything they like and also can permanently damage your router as well. Now, if this isn’t scaring you, they can attack your system with some viruses that can corrupt all of the data in your system.

So, what can you do to protect yourself?

The simplest of all things is to keep a strong password but this alone cannot be enough. You might also want to hide the WiFi SSID. There are ways through which you can change your MAC address which can be an extra level of security. Another way is just hide the webcam of your laptop i.e. cover it with something like tape. This is also done by some famous tech people. And one more thing: If you’re in a public WiFi do not enter too confidential information in http sites. Credentials are most unlikely to be intercepted in https sites.

At last, you don’t need to panic about these but must be cautious. You need to be careful over public WiFi and also should not crave over a free WiFi trap because you don’t know what is happening behind the scene. I wish your data and privacy are as safe as you think they are.


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