An internet connection has become a basic necessity in our modern lives. Wireless hotspots (commonly known as Wi-Fi) can be found everywhere! If you have a PC with a wireless network card, then you must have seen many networks around you. Sadly most of these networks are secured with a network security key. Have you ever wanted to use one of these networks? You must have desperately wanted to check your mail when you shifted to your new house. The hardest time in your life is when your internet connection is down. hacking those Wi-Fi passwords is your answer to temporary internet access. In this post i’m sharing easily hacking methods how to hack any wifi network and also sharing number of security tips to secure our wifi network from hackers.
NETSTUMBLER (also known as Network Stumbler ) is a tool for Windows that facilitates detection of Wireless LANs using the 802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g WLAN standards . It runs on Microsoft Windows operating systems from Windows 2000 to Windows XP. A trimmed-down version called MiniStumbler is available for the handheld Windows CE operating system.
The program is commonly used for:
-Verifying network configurations
-Finding locations with poor coverage in a WLAN -Detecting causes of wireless interference -Detecting unauthorized (“rogue”) access points -Aiming directional antennas for long-haul WLAN links.
No updated version has been developed since 2005.
Step 1. DOWNLOAD NETSTUMBLER and Install it.
Step 2. Run the NetStumbler. Then it will automatically starts scanning the wireless Networks around you.
Step3. Once its completed, you will see the complete list of wireless networks around you.
List of Wireless Networks Scanned by NetStumbler There you will see different columns such as MAC, SSID, SPEED, VENDOR, TYPE and much more…
Step 4. Now select anyone of the MAC address that you wish to hack and want to explore more about that. If you click on the MAC address of one of the discovered wireless networks under channels, you will see a graph that shows the wireless network’s signal strength. The more green and the less spaces are there,it indicates better is signal strength.
Step 5. As you can see NetStumbler provides a lot more than just the name (SSID) of the wireless network. It provides the MAC address, Channel number,encrypti on type, and a bunch more. All of these come in use when we decides that we wants to get in the secured network by cracking the encryption.
***There are two most common types of Encryption Methods used by Wireless Networks***
a) WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) – WEP isn’t considered safe anymore. Many flaws have been discovered that allow hackers to crack a WEP key easily.
b) WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) – WAP is the currently the most secure and best option to secure your wireless network. It’s not as easily cracked as WEP because the only way to retrieve a WAP key is to use a brute-force or dictionary attack. If your key is secure enough, a dictionary attack won’t work and it could take decades to crack it if you brute-force it. This is why most hackers don’t even bother.
Thats all about scanning the wireless networks, Now how can protect our wireless network from scanned by NetStumber.
How to Protect yourself from NetStumbler?
1. Don not broadcast your SSID.
2. Always try to use stronger passwords like atleast one digit, one special character, uppercase letters mixed with lowercase letters.
3. But second point doesn’t matter much so try to use better encryption method i.e. WAP to password protect your wireless Network.