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How To Change Your Wi-Fi Password To Keep Intruders At Bay

Changing your Wi-Fi password from the factory default to something more secure can easily be done in just a few steps.

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You don’t leave the front door to your home unlocked, hoping nobody decides to walk in, do you? Similarly, you should never use the default Wi-Fi password (or, even worse, no password at all) because anyone could come in uninvited and steal your internet bandwidth or capture your personal information.

Fortunately, changing the default Wi-Fi password to something more secure can be done in a couple of minutes. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Open Your Router’s Admin Panel

Every router has an admin panel that can be accessed by entering a specific IP address in the URL bar of your web browser. In most cases, the IP address is 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, but exceptions do exist. If neither of the two addresses works, look for the right one at the bottom or rear side of your router.

Step 2: Log In With The Admin Username & Password

With the admin panel opened in your web browser, you should see a login prompt. Enter the admin username (typically admin or root) and the admin password (you can try admin, root, or 12345 if you haven’t changed the password before).

Step 3: Go To The Wireless Security Section

There should be a section called Wireless, and it should contain a subsection called Wireless Security or something similar. If you can’t find it, please consult the manufacturer of your router.

Step 4: Enter The New Password In The Correct Field

Make sure to pick a password that can’t be brute-forced or easily guessed. The password should be at least 8 characters long, and it should include letters, numbers, and special characters. Long passphrases are also great options.

Step 5: Save Your Settings And Restart The Router

Your Wi-Fi network will be unavailable for a moment, and you’ll have to log in to it again using the new password with all your Wi-Fi devices.

Also Read: Everything You Need To Know About Wi-Fi 6

That’s how easy it is to change your Wi-Fi password to keep industries at bay! Since the steps described in this article can be applied to most routers with a traditional web-based admin panel, we encourage you to share them with your friends and loved ones.

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How To Enable WhatsApp Disappearing Messages For All Chats

Keep in mind that this setting won’t affect previously sent messages — only new ones.

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Since last November, WhatsApp users have been enjoying the option to set chat messages to automatically be deleted after 7 days. Now, WhatsApp is expanding the functionality by allowing users to enable disappearing messages for all chats by default and making it possible to customize the amount of time that has to pass for messages to disappear.

How To Enable Disappearing Messages

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Go to WhatsApp settings.
  3. Tap Account and then Privacy.
  4. Tap Default message timer.
  5. Select a duration.

You can choose between 24 hours, 7 days, and 90 days. Keep in mind that this setting won’t affect previously sent messages — only new ones.

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As useful as the disappearing messages feature is when it comes to helping WhatsApp users protect their privacy, it does have a few limitations.

To start with, automatically deleted messages might still be displayed in the recipient’s notifications. They might also be quoted in replies, forwarded to other people, and even included in backups.

Of course, recipients can also take screenshots of disappearing messages before they become automatically deleted, copy & paste their content somewhere else, or even take pictures of them using another device.

Also Read: Facebook Will Create 10,000 Jobs In The EU To Build Its Metaverse

For these reasons, the disappearing messages feature should never be used by WhatsApp users to protect their privacy when chatting with untrusted individuals. Instead, it should be used only with trusted friends, colleagues, and familiar members as a way to minimize the risk of third-party data breaches, which often happen when a device that’s not properly protected gets lost or stolen.

To learn more about the disappearing messages feature (as well as any other WhatsApp feature), we recommend you visit WhatsApp’s help page, which covers everything we’ve explained here and a whole lot more.

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