How Do I Stop People From Stealing My Internet?

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How Do I Stop People From Stealing My Internet?
Without a secure connection, anyone may have access to your home's own Internet network. (Jeffrey Hamilton/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Whether you are noticing slow speeds with your Internet connection or you are sure someone is stealing from your Internet service, various tools and methods of protection and planning can help rid thieves from your Internet network. Using tricks and different methods to stop people from stealing your Internet will help block access altogether from unwanted users of your household's personal network.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check your computer's network to determine if you have an active password on your network's Internet router or modem. You can access your computer router's default IP address by referring to the router's official guide or by using an IP-identifying website for routers such as Router IP Address (routeripaddress.com), or Find IP Address (find-IP-address.com).

  2. 2

    Set a password to your wireless network using your router's on-screen instructions. This will keep unwanted users from accessing your network unless they have knowledge of your network's newly set password.

  3. 3

    Write the router's password down somewhere safe and keep it handy in case you need to access or change any details in your wireless settings (such as setting a timer or parental controls).

  4. 4

    Call your Internet service provider directly if your computer persistently continues to experience slow network and Internet speeds (including downloading and file sharing). Your Internet service provider may be able to view current connections on your Internet service that will help you identify and verify if anyone is stealing your Internet.

  5. 5

    Turn off your computer's Internet router and modem when you are not using it to completely ensure unwanted users cannot access your network.

Tips and warnings

  • Your Internet service provider may be able to assist you in setting up a new router or modem password to secure and protect your household's network.
  • Having an insecure network allows users to access your Internet connection to download and share files that may be against the law. Ensuring your Internet connection is secure and safe also will protect you legally if others are currently abusing your connection, as it will block them from your network entirely.

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