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7. Wireless > 70. Stop Moochers from Stealing Your WiFi Bandwidth

Stop Moochers from Stealing Your WiFi Bandwidth

Everyone these days seems to have a WiFi-equipped laptop or PDA. If you have a WiFi network at home or at work and you are worried that passersby might be connecting to it and stealing your bandwidth, here’s what you can do.

As shown in [Hack #65] , if you have a WiFi network, it’s a breeze for anyone passing by to detect it. And if you haven’t protected yourself properly—or if someone is dedicated enough to stealing your bandwidth—moochers can get in and suck up all your bandwidth by doing things such as downloading movies and MP3s. That means there’s less bandwidth for you.

There’s an easy way to find out if someone is leeching your bandwidth and then to send them alerts telling them you know they’re using your bandwidth and you’d like them to get off your network. Download AirSnare, a free program which monitors your network for wireless intruders, reports on who they are, shows you their activity, and sends them warnings.


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