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How to hide your WiFi network to prevent it from being seen by any wireless device?

So you want to make your WiFi  network more secure and yes, the best way to enhance security is to make your Service Set Identifier-SSID (SSID means “network name”) hidden to other WiFi hungry devices. Because if its invisible, its more secure. Sometimes, for example, at your home or in your office, you may not want to share your WiFi  password to anyone, including your friends or relatives, but once they ask for it because they can see it, you can’t refuse to tell. The best way is to hide it and don’t ever let anyone except you know, that if there is a WiFi network available. Doing this also keeps hackers away from your network most of the times.

Note : Even if your network stops broadcasting its SSID, potential hackers and malicious users can still find it by intercepting 1) your transmissions to the router and 2) your router’s transmissions to you. In other words, hiding your network is NOT an effective security measure, but at best is a deterrent that will only keep away informal techs. A potential hacker has got many ways to penetrate into your WiFi network.

Security by obscurity is not true security!

Here are some steps or preventive measures you need to follow to make your WiFi network (SSID) hidden:

(Here, I will explain procedure for D-Link, Netgear and Belkin routers/modem. For other manufacturers, refer to their website. However, the procedure is generally the same, but may vary slightly for other manufacturers.)

For D-Link:

Step-1: Open your web browser and go to http://192.168.1.1 and enter the username (usually admin) and password to login to your router/modem.

Step-2: Select “Setup” and then “Wireless Settings” from the menu and then click “Manual wireless network setup”.

Step-3: Now, change the visibility status to invisible.


For Netgear:

Step-1: Open your web browser and go to http://192.168.1.1 and enter the username (usually admin) and password to login to your router/modem.

Step-2: Select “Wireless Settings” menu, under Advanced in the left pane and then uncheck “Enable SSID broadcast”.

Step-3: Click “Apply” to save your changes.


For Belkin:

Step-1: Open your web browser and go to http://192.168.1.1 and enter the username (usually admin) and password to login to your router/modem.

Step-2: Select “Channel and SSID” under Wireless in the left pane and then clear the “Broadcast SSID”.

Step-3: Now, click “Apply changes” to prevent the router to display SSID.

3 Comments

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