The use of wireless Internet has become an increasingly common daily occurrence for most people, and so offering your network to someone in need is almost an act of charity in the modern world. Generous as you may be, allowing someone to use your WiFi doesn’t mean you have to give up your password along with it.
Never Ending Access
More than 4 billion people worldwide use the Internet in 2019, and the vast majority of them connect via a mobile device. Cellular data is all fine and good, but it can rut out, be throttled, or lose signal. Plus, devices like laptops, tablets, and gaming systems aren’t generally equipped with data features.
You’ve probably found yourself sharing WiFi with a friend, family member, acquaintance, or total stranger on more than one occasion, but offering up your network doesn’t have to mean offering up your password, too—there are actually a few easy ways to avoid doing that.
Spreading The Signal, Staying Secure
How you go about sharing WiFi without giving out your password depends on the exact situation, but here are the main ways it can be done.
Set up WPS. This function will allow a mobile phone to connect to your router automatically when you press a button at the same time that the phone attempts a connection.
Use a hotspot function. If you’re connected to your WiFi, creating a hotspot using your phone will filter the same network through a secondary source, and you can allow users to connect automatically this way.
Turn your password into a QR code. Maybe you’re not as worried about security as you are about the difficulty of remembering your WiFi password. Not to worry—you can create a QR code that other devices can scan to connect; some routers come equipped with them already.
No one likes to get caught without Internet, and saving the day with your WiFi connection doesn’t have to mean compromising your security.