Hid­ing your net­work’s SSID will help pro­tect you from be­ing hacked


It’s true that telling your router not to broad­cast its SSID will make it ‘in­vis­i­ble’ to the av­er­age user scan­ning for nearby net­works. It won’t pro­tect it from hack­ers, though. The SSID, while not broad­cast, still shows up in data packets, probe re­quests and re­sponses. Any hacker who’s in­ter­ested can use spe­cial­ist soft­ware tools to scan for hid­den net­works. Guess which net­works are more in­ter­est­ing to hack­ers: those which broad­cast their SSID, or those which keep it hid­den?

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