How to find out Wi-Fi password nearby
March 6, 2020
Even while traveling, each of us needs the Internet connectoin – it doesn’t matter if you work online or just want to tell your relatives that everything is in alright or update your status in social media.
Almost all hotels and guesthouses have free Wi-Fi and you can just ask for an access password. But when renting a room in a condo, Wi-Fi is rarely included in the rental price. You need to either pay for the ability to connect to Wi-Fi, or buy a local SIM card.
But before doing this, try the described very simple way to find out the password for Wi-Fi networks around you. Firstly, it’s really the easiest way to find out the password from someone else’s Wi-Fi – you do not need any programs, you do not need to install or run any software. Secondly, in any case, you do not lose anything. Over the past year and a half of my life in Thailand, I have never paid for Wi-Fi, although I used it every day.
By the way, even if you are not traveling – it will still be useful for you to check your home router – it is possible that your password has leaked into the public Wi-Fi password database.
3wifi is an open database of Wi-Fi access points with their passwords. The map shows the location of Wi-Fi networks and gives their characteristics along with passwords. All that is required is to find the location of interest and see the name of the networks and their passwords.
How to find out a password from someone else's Wi-Fi
Everything is extremely simple. Go to the map: https://3wifi.stascorp.com/map
Click the ‘Вход’ button and enter:
- Login: antichat
- Password: antichat
In addition, click on the Wi-Fi icon to temporarily remove wireless networks from the map – there are so many Wi-Fi access points in the database that it is already difficult to navigate on the map, because they close the view.
Enter the name of the city and metro station or street you are interested in:
Find the house where you will live:
And again click on the Wi-Fi icon to display wireless networks:
In the description of each Wi-Fi network, the penultimate line is the name of the network, and the last line is the password for this Wi-Fi network!
So easy! And given the huge number of Wi-Fi networks around us, it is almost always possible to find the one that is present in the 3wifi database.
Wi-Fi card for good signal reception
It doesn’t matter if you use a Wi-Fi network with a legally obtained password or if you found a Wi-Fi password on 3wifi, if the wireless access point is far (this can happen in hotels), disconnections will happen and the connection quality will be poor.
To significantly improve the situation, including for free connection to far Wi-Fi access points, it is advisable to purchase an external Wi-Fi adapter with a large antenna.
If you are limited in money, the Alfa AWUS036NHA is recommended along with the large Alfa ARS-N19 antenna.
If you want the very top, then buy the Alfa AWUS1900.
Alfa AWUS036NHA only supports 2.4GHz frequencies, and Alfa AWUS1900 supports 2.4GHz, 5.0GHz, and modern high-speed Wi-Fi protocols. This is the best, uncompromising solution, but costs more.
I recommend these two cards for the reason that with the help of them you can not only connect and have a good reception level, but also can hack wireless access points; hackers use these or similar devices.
With such Wi-Fi adapters and with 3wifi, free internet is almost guaranteed.
Is it dangerous to use someone else's Wi-Fi
In fact, yes, it’s dangerous! And this is not only when you steal Wi-Fi, even if you are legally connected to a third-party AP, then you are in the local network with other users. And among them there can be both ordinary users like you, and malefactors.
The danger is that third parties can connect to the services on your computer. An example of such services is Windows Shares (SMB protocol).
Another common service on webmasters’ computers is a web server. The web server can have your source code of sites and services, as well as the web applications on the running web server can be used to further compromise the entire computer.
In the local network, a man-in-the-middle attack and phishing attacks are possible as a result of which passwords from websites can be stolen; DNS spoofing attack is possible as well.
In general, when connecting to extraneous Wi-Fi access points (even if you are connected legally), disable unnecessary network services on your computer or set up a firewall to block connection to them. Be careful and do not to enter passwords on phishing sites.
Will VPN help when using Wi-Fi
Yes and no. Thanks to the VPN, all connections to the WAN will be encrypted and phishing attacks and password theft will be impossible. BUT: the network services on your computer are not protected in any way in a VPN, that is, if you have enabled password-free login to the Windows Shares, then anyone on the local network can connect to it even if you use a VPN! The protection of local services must be dealt, regardless of the use of VPN.