Disable SSID Broadcast

In the previous trick we showed you how to change the default SSID. But by just changing your SSID doesn’t secure your WIFI network completely. You need to hide your wifi network from others. This can be done by disabling your SSID broadcast.

Steps:

  • Open your router’s administrative console by entering the routers address in your browser’s address bar.
    TIP: How to find your router’s address
  • Now login into the console through your username and password which in most cases is:
    USERNAME: admin
    PASSWORD: password
    Change Default Administrator Password on Wireless Routers
  • In the administrative console navigate to Wireless Settings page and in the visibility status choose invisible. If you can’t find such field, look for a checkbox against Disable SSID broadcast or similar fields.
    Disable SSID Broadcast
  • Now click on Save settings.

NOTE:
You will need to enter your SSID manually whenever you want to connect to your wireless network through a device that doesn’t have your SSID stored before.

Change Default SSID in Wireless Networks

Service Set Identifier (SSID) is a unique name that identifies a particular Wireless LAN. It is set by the administrator and all clients need SSID to connect to the wifi network. But, the SSID can be discovered by network sniffing/scanning. All wireless devices on a WLAN must employ the same SSID in order to communicate with each other.

Common examples of pre-defined SSIDs are simple names like wirless, netgear, belkin, linksys, wireless etc but SSID’s can be changed at any time, as long as the change is also made on all wireless clients.

Here are some tips to choose a secure SSID

  • Never use your name, address, birthdate, passwords or other personal information as part of the SSID.
  • Choose SSID that contains both letters and numbers
  • Choose an SSID as long or nearly as long as the maximum length allowed.
  • Change your SSID every few months.

Steps to change SSID

  • Open your router’s administrative console by entering the routers address in your browser’s address bar.
    TIP: How to find your router’s address
  • Now login into the console through your username and password which in most cases is:
    USERNAME: admin
    PASSWORD: password
    Change Default Administrator Password on Wireless Routers
  • In the administrative console navigate to Wireless Settings page and enter your new SSID in the Wireless Network Name field.
    Change SSID
  • Click on save settings and update your wireless clients to connect to your network through the new SSID

Help eradicate Facebook spam, permanently

Facebook users are daily flooded with spam links and videos saying that you have been tagged in the video. Don’t click on such malicious links as they can infect you with viruses and steal your private info from your Facebook Profile.

Thanks to our readers, Trickvilla helped in mass reporting of the spam link highlighted here to Facebook. This spam has now been removed from Facebook, however, the same steps apply for any such similar scam/spam.

Facebook users are daily flooded with spam links and videos saying that you have been tagged in the video. Don’t click on such malicious links as they can infect you with viruses and steal your private info from your Facebook Profile.

A single click on spam videos and links (shortened like bit.ly/hNTpR9) can share such links with your facebook friends via chat or by posting such spam links on their wall, yup forcibly & automatically. This is called click jacking.

Some common Video spamming examples:

  1. “WTF I can’t believe you’re in this vid”
  2. “ROFL i cant believe youre tagged in this video”

However, you can help curb this spam menace on Facebook via simple steps and contribute to a spam free social networking. Users want Facebook to eradicate spam but how will the men at Facebook know about a particular spam link when you don’t report it to them?

Follow the steps below to report spam links to Facebook:

  • Open your Facebook profile and find such links/videos
  • You will find a cross (x) near that post when you highlight it with your mouse. Click that cross.

    Facebook Spam video

  • Select Report as abuse

    Facebook Spam

  • In the new box that opens, select Spam or scam and submit.

    Facebook spam or scam

  • You will get a box saying Facebook doesn’t guarantee removal of this spam from the site. If you wonder why, then read the last two lines of this post.

    remove Facebook spam

  • Now click on the cross again and select mark as spam

    Facebook Spam

  • The following box will appear. Click Confirm. This will delete the link from your wall, while marking it as spam too.

    mark facebook spam video

Recommended article: Protect yourself from Facebook spam

Facebook will remove that spam link only when they get a sufficient number of reports against that link. So spread the word and help remove spam permanently.
Like the post below if you will do your part. 🙂

Change Default Administrator Password on Wireless Routers

Almost all wireless access points and routers allow an administrator to manage their WiFi network through a special administrative account. This account is protected by a login screen.

Manufacturers set both the account username and password at the factory. In most cases:
Username is admin
Password is password

To secure your Wi-Fi network  you should change this account’s password immediately when installing the unit. The default passwords for popular models of wireless network gear are well-known to hackers and often posted on the Internet. Also this password should be changed regularly i.e every 30 days.

Steps to change the password are:

  • Open your router’s administrative console by entering the routers address in your browser’s address bar.
    TIP: How to find your router’s address
  • Now login into the console through your username and password which in most cases is:
    USERNAME: admin
    PASSWORD: password 

    login

  • Navigate to administration>security>tools to change the password setting.home screenchange password
  • Now type the new password in admin password field and click on save settings.
  • Reboot your router and you can check your settings by going to router’s administration panel again

Find WiFi Router IP Address

Many time you need to visit your router’s administrative console to update its configuration, change passwords, and do other security settings. But how to access it?

To access the router’s console you need to enter the router’s IP Address into the address bar of your browser.

  • Most routers have IP Address 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1
    So try these first.
  • If none of them works then follow these steps
    • Connect to your wireless router.
    • Go to start>Run
    • Now type cmd
      Run> Command Promt
    • Type ipconfig
      ipconfig
    • Now find Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection: and under it find Default Gateway :
    • The IP Adress located on the right side is your router’s address.

To access the router’s console you need to paste this IP Address into the address bar of your browser.