How to Crack a Wi-Fi Password

Cracking Wi-Fi passwords isn’t a trivial process, but it doesn’t take too long to learn—whether you’re talking simple WEP passwords or the more complex WPA. Learn how it works so you can learn how to protect yourself.

How to Crack a Wi-Fi Network’s WEP Password with BackTrack

You already know that if you want to lock down your Wi-Fi network, you should opt for WPA encryption because WEP is easy to crack. But did you know how easy? Take a look. Read more…

How to Crack a Wi-Fi Network’s WPA Password with Reaver

Your Wi-Fi network is your conveniently wireless gateway to the internet, and since you’re not keen on sharing your connection with any old hooligan who happens to be walking past your home, you secure your network with a password, right? Read more…

Title image remixed from foto1883 (Shutterstock).

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  • 10/21/12 2:33am

    To me, showing people how to hack into wifi networks (and other “evil” how-to’s) by Lifehacker is just plain irresponsible and can easily encourage otherwise law abiding readers to carry out these hacks. Just show how to stop the illegal activity, now how to do them. “Evil week” just encourages people to be evil. Why not change this to “Beat the evil” week and help people protect themselves? You can mention the ways your privacy can be hacked, but don’t go into detail and don’t provide links to evil software. Who’s side are you really on?

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    • 10/21/12 12:55pm

      Here’s the thing: The information is already out there, regardless of whether or not Lifehacker spreads it or not. Pandora’s box has been opened. You can’t make people “un-know” this information, and the people that were doing this before will do it again. Putting the information here is an informative process, and is actually an advocacy move to get the router companies to update their flailing technology, as well as to let consumers know that just because you have a password up does not mean you are secure.

      The idea is that if you take something that is underground, like knowing how to crack a safe, pick a lock, or crack a wifi password, and put it into the public eye, people will fix the security issues quicker. It works. There’s a reason that you can’t break into someone’s house with a “skeleton key” anymore, or why you can’t break into a good safe with a drill. If it stays secret, then the people that use it for evil will keep using it, and the amount of people affected by it will be greater in the long run than if the secret had been blown wide open and people went hog wild for a few months.

      Security is an arms race, and the only way to win is to stay knowledgeable.

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