Wi-Fi is something that we all use every day. There is Wi-Fi at home, at work, and at cafes. It’s practically ubiquitous these days. So it’s hard not to get a shiver down your spine thinking that someone using the same Wi-Fi network as you could invade your privacy and look through your past. Everyone should be comfortable with their digital footprint.
So, let’s get down to business.
Does the Wi Fi network keep a log of browsing history?
Usually, the answer is YES. You can change this in the settings, but most Wi-Fi routers have some storage reserved for log files. These log files include all IP addresses and devices accessed. This is the main point. IP addresses It is not the domain names. For example. If you type gooogle.com in your browser, your Wi-Fi router records your device accessed IP number 126.96.36.199. Every website on the internet is unique. Imagine setting up a meeting at your favorite place to eat. You can tell a friend the name or address of your favorite restaurant. Your friend can either take you to the restaurant or ride with you in a taxi. It’s the same here.
An IP address identifies a website’s physical location on the internet. However, few people are aware of these addresses or utilise them to visit websites. This implies that simply digging through the records would not reveal what sites you visited. To figure it out, he’d have to type each IP address into the browser’s address bar or use a specialist programme. It is feasible to track your movements while using Wi-Fi networks.
Who can view Wi-Fi router logs?
Access to Wi-Fi router files is possible by the administrator, owner, or, in certain cases, ISP. To gain access to the log files and control panel, they must log in with a username or password. Other Wi-Fi users can’t see your browsing history or access log files just because you’re on the same network.
Is there another way to access my history from the same Wi-Fi network?
Well, yes. This is only true if you don’t apply any of the safeguards discussed in the following section. A sophisticated hacking assault known as man-in-the-middle. It works like this: the hacker uses high-tech equipment and skill to fool your device (phone or computer) into thinking it’s interacting with the router while it’s actually communicating with the hacker’s equipment. He would then intercept all of your data, record it, and send it unnoticed to the Wi-Fi router. Unless you are dealing with highly sensitive data or are a target of high-class intelligence, this type of attack is unlikely to occur.
How can you protect your browsing history using Wi-Fi
If you are concerned about your privacy online, there are some things you can do. Incognito mode is a way to stop your browser from recording your browsing history. You can also delete your browsing history after each session. Keep in mind, however, that your browser may back up these files frequently elsewhere.
You can stop someone prying on your computer by deleting your browsing history. However, the Wi-Fi router logs that stuff independently, and using incognito mode won’t have any effect on that.
Installing and using Virtual Private Network software (VPN), will help you protect yourself from being tracked by WI-Fi router logs and your signal being interrogated by man-in the-middle attacks. VPN will create a virtual connection between your router and ISP, and allow you to browse any WiFi network anonymously. Only one thing that anyone could see is what you log while using VPN. You are using VPN, and you are connected to it.
Each of us wants to feel secure when connecting to Wi-Fi beyond our homes. It is possible for someone to hack into our browsing history and exploit the fact that all of us are connected to the same Wi-Fi. The good news is – a random user can’t access your browsing history, but someone with administrator access to the router can.
But there’s a simple way you can protect yourself against any type of spying on your private data. Install and use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPN creates a virtual network that allows you to connect with other users via an encrypted channel. A VPN will enable you to browse the internet anonymously, and keep you safe wherever you go.