Strengthening WiFi router security for home network 

My WiFi network got hacked as well as of my neighbors. I had trouble getting reliable network in other parts of house because many unknown devices kept connecting to my network. Same is true with neighbors.

Look at devices names

  • android-d30a64368136fc1 14:1A:A3:8A:8B:4A MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC, A LENOVO COMPANY
  • android-c84b9e4c6410d964 34:BB:26:08:00:7d Motorola Mobility LLC, USA
  • android-4bda3cc13c03e41e F8:CF:C5:4D:71:58 MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC, A LENOVO COMPANY
  • android-b2aa46d340f80770 F8:84:F2:D8:00:C2 Samsung Electronics Co.,Ltd, SOUTH KOREA

All these are weirdly named devices that were named as so to avoid being detected. Most probably, MAC addresses are also spoofed one.

I did some research on password crackers tools for WiFi and saw below links. All these claim to be legal but who stopped thieves from using AK 47?

It turns out that first level of attack is via WPS which is open by default on almost all home routers. Another problem factor is DHCP. We do not really need either of these if we can use technology in right way.

Another protection would be to hide broadcasting of SSID name of WiFi network. This will make it a bit difficult to do quick dictionary level attack on network. Most probably, hardware detection would be needed to scan all wifi signal in the vicinity to figure if an unknown WiFi is broadcasting.

Passphrase off course should be somewhere 30 to 40 characters long. 15 character alphanumeric is easy to break.

If living in apartment complex, one good idea would be to check neighbors to see if they are also hacked. Collecting hacker device names from them can help convince society to throw out unwanted elements, read data thieves, from building.

Additionally, MAC filtering can be enabled although it seems that it is very easy to spoof MAC addresses even on mobiles.

Some tools that are useful in detecting hacked WiFi or getting to know if any unknown devices are on network are as follows

  • Fing Android App  This tells the list of devices connected on the WiFi whee the android mobile is connected.
  • Acrylic WiFi can be used to list out the characteristics of WiFis around us. This gives rating of network security and stuff like that. It also tells if WPS is enabled. Disable WPS if you see it enabled for your SSID and see that network safety rating goes up from 2 to 5.
  • WiFi Analyzer is a tool on Android to find out the strength of WiFi signal in graphical manner. If you see too much overlap from other routers. just reboot router once to get new interference free channel.

Firefox is becoming creepy or at least hinting at

Many a times, I access a website through privacy window even on my [personal laptop and do not want it to appear in my browsing history in any way. Recently, I got a shocker. Entering one such website name in privacy tab, I discovered that there is auto completion going on and that’s looking creeping. After some analysis and trying all of the below, nothing changed. Auto completion continued.

  • Refresh firefox
  • Restart machine
  • Clear browsing data
  • Turn off suggested sites in new tab
  • Stop search engines from suggesting sites
  • Use DuckDuckGo

At the same time, when using Microsoft Edge and Google chrome privacy modes, no such auto complete was happening.

After a while, I came across a Firefox setting which when turned off allowed auto completion to turn off. Those are under Options\Privacy or about:preferences#privacy in new tab. Uncheck all the checkboxes under location bar. It took me some time and that’s scary since normal users cannot figure it easily.


At the same time, I purchased McAfee total security and ran McAfee App Protection on Android mobile. Lo and Behold, its marking Firefox alongside, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Skype and few other well known apps as medium risk application for its tendency to leak PII to third party sources.

Together, these tow are making me averse to Firefox now given that I use it to avoid intrusive detection and that is also the motto of Mozilla. They never gets tired of telling us about this, but seems to be following the different walks than their talk.