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Make sure that no one is stealing your Wi-Fi

Make sure that no one is stealing your Wi-Fi
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You pay a lot of money to access the internet. You may not think about it, except when you're paying bills.

Most of the time, you, your family and friends just log onto the internet by tapping into your wireless router. All your digital devices use that Wi-Fi to connect. So, it's worth the money you pay every month, whether it's $25, $100, or somewhere in between.

Still, that's your hard-earned money, so you don't want thieves stealing your Wi-Fi. Yet, it's often pretty easy for people to do exactly that. They just need to be walking or driving by, or live close by, in order to pick up your Wi-Fi signal, if it's not locked behind a password. Note: Keep reading to find out how to find your router's password, and change it.

The site WifiHistoryView shows you who has been using your Wi-Fi. Most of the time, your Wi-Fi users will be your family and you. However, check out who's been using it and you may be surprised to see that your neighbors and people wandering by have been using it, too.

WifiHistoryView taps into Microsoft's WLAN AutoConfig service, to show you a lot of your Wi-Fi's activity. (See photo below). Each time someone's device connects to the internet with your Wi-Fi connection, WifiHistoryView shows you a slew of information, notably including the time it occurred, the Mac address, or the Windows Wi-Fi profile.

WiFiHistoryView

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