Many of you use Remote Desktop feature to access your home or work computers running Windows 10. All you usually need to do to implement this is set up a port forwarding rule on your router. You can receive incoming connections on any port and direct them to RDP port of the Windows workstation on the LAN. But what to do if your PC is connected directly to the Internet without a router? How to configure the remote access and stay secured? The answer is – change remote desktop port in Windows settings.
By default, Remote Desktop uses port 3389, which is a commonly known fact. Consequently, hackers can scan the default RDP port and if they receive a login/password prompt they can start brute force attack and ultimately gain access to your PC via RDP. Here is how to change Remote Desktop Port on Windows 10 to some non-standard value to improve security and evade from brute force attacks aimed at default service port. Continue reading
Why disable SSID Broadcast?
There can be several reasons why you may want to hide SSID:
- you don’t want anybody to see and know your network’s name. For example, if the the name of your corporate Wi-Fi is your company’s name, your personal name or your apartment’s number, etc.
- you want to take an additional step to improving the security of your network. SSID serves as a login while the wireless security key works as a password when connecting to a wireless network. Usually a client should enter only the password to connect. But when the SSID is hidden someone who wants to join your hotspot needs first to correctly input the name and only then – a correct password. But note, that if a person is a skilled hacker, hiding your SSID won’t help at all.
Here is our step-by-step guide on how to disable SSID broadcast on your Wi-Fi router or access point. Continue reading
What is a Network Security Key
Wi-Fi password (Network Security Key) serves to protect your wireless network and prevents from the unauthorized access to your PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, etc. In different operating systems it also can be called Wireless Security Key, Wireless Password and Network Security Key.
It is a typical situation when you forget the security key for your Wi-Fi because everything has been working well for a long time. And suddenly you need to enter your Wi-Fi password again. It may happen if you decided to reinstall Windows on your laptop, change the account or perhaps if you want to connect your new smartphone or tablet to your home wireless network. Today we will show you how to view Wireless Network Security Key saved in Windows 10. Guide updated to meet Fall Creators Update changes. Continue reading
TP-Link Archer C7 (hardware version v2) is the most unstable-working router I ever had. It randomly stopped working at least once in two days. Sometimes I had to restart it three times a day but Internet was constantly dropping (even when connected via Ethernet) and Wi-Fi kept disconnecting all the time. Now and then 5 GHz network dropped until I power cycled the device. In summer 2017 I tried to upgrade its firmware to the latest version but nothing helped and I continued to reset the router on freeze. But here is a solution that finally helped me stop all those hangings and unstable work of Archer C7. Besides, we’ve got a workaround to fix such unreliable work of your router if the solution doesn’t suit you for some reason. Continue reading
I’m sure, most of you’ve noticed the word “Public” under the network name in Windows 10 many times. But I bet that few of you really know what this description means in fact. Some time ago a friend of mine asked me with a frown “How can my home Wi-Fi be public?” what made me laugh a lot. Well, from this article you will learn about the following basics:
- what is the difference between public and private networks;
- how to change public network to private in Windows 10, regardless of whether it is wireless or wired.
The ultimate step-by-step guide on how to connect to a hidden WiFi network (hotspot that is not broadcasting its SSID) on Windows 10 desktop or laptop, phone or tablet with Android 8, 9, iPhone or iPad (iOS 11, 12)
As you probably know, you can hide your WiFi network name in the settings of your wireless router (or access point) to improve security of your hotspot. After you hide SSID, everyone will first need to enter the correct SSID and only then – a valid security key to connect to your wireless network. And here is how to connect to a hidden WiFi network that doesn’t broadcast its name.