How to hack into any Wi-Fi network? Here are all the tools and software you require
Everybody is fascinated by hacking. Hacking itself evokes a sense of mystique and thrill that many want to try it out. Here is your chance to hack into your Wi-Fi network and check your hacking skills. Most easy of them all is to hack into a Wi-Fi network but only if you have the right tools and the right knowledge to do so. Remember, hacking into your neighbors Wi-Fi network is illegal and could get you a prison sentence. Here are the tools and software required to hack into any Wi-Fi network:
Essential tools for hacking into any Wi-Fi network
The first thing to do is to select a tool/software you wish to use for hacking into any Wi-Fi network. So here goes.
Wi-Fi network scanner
Wi-Fi network scanners are easy to get and mostly free. They can be installed your Windows 10/MacOS PC/laptop or on your Android smartphone, iPhone, or iPad. Wi-Fi network scanners give you a complete overview of all the wireless access points near you. You will access the most important details, signal level, type of encryption used, and the MAC address of the AP. Once you know the security protocols being used, you can use them to your advantage.
For Windows operating systems, the best Wi-Fi network scanner is Acrylic Wi-Fi which has both free and paid versions. The paid version allows you to add your own scripts. For Android smartphones and tablets you can refer our tutorial for hacking Apps for Android smartphones. Out of the tools on that article, WiFi Analyzer App is the best. It is completely free and displays information from nearby access points of both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band if found. If you want a Wi-Fi analyzer for your iPhone/iPad, you should download the Network Analyzer Pro. It is not free but it is very good like Wi-Fi Analyzer for Android.
Now that you have analyzed the Wi-Fi network near you, you need further tools to hack it. First, you need the WirelessKeyView. WirelessKeyView is a free tool and lists all the WEP, WPA, and WPA2 keys that have been saved by different users. It is basically a password repository of WEP, WPA and WPA2 keys.
If you know programming, you can use the Aircrack-ng tool. Aircrack-ng is an open-source tool suite for cracking WEP and WPA / WPA2 keys and also has an updated WPA3 network cracking feature. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and OpenBSD. Aircrack-ng will show you all the Wi-Fi access points near you including the hidden SSIDs. In addition to cracking Wi-Fi passwords, it also has sniffer functions that capture packets, inject, and reproduce traffic. Of course, we are only interested in cracking our own Wi-Fi network.
Unlike wireless network scanners, sniffers go one step further by capturing information about APs, which is used to analyze packets that are transmitted over the wireless network. The captured traffic information can be imported into other tools like Aircrack-ng. One of the best Wi-Fi sniffers out there is Kismet.
Kismet is a free and open-source solution Wi-Fi sniffer with complete documentation. It has stumbler functions, a packet sniffer, and even has an intrusion detection system. You can run Kismet on Windows 10 using the WSL framework, Mac OS X, Linux, and BSD. Kismet allows you to view the access points, their SSIDs including the hidden ones. It can capture the data packets, which you can import into other tools like Wireshark, TCPdump, etc. Remember on Windows 10 PCs, Kismet works only with CACE AirPcap Wi-Fi adapters. This is so due to the limitations of the operating system itself. However, it supports a large number of adapters on Mac OS X and Linux.
Now, if you want to take your hacking to the next level, you should download CommView Wi-Fi. CommView is not free but has a 30-day trial version which allows you to use all its features. It has a dedicated module for VoIP, which allows detailed analysis to be performed, including SIP-type recordings and reproductions and H.323-type voice communications. It supports over 100 protocols and the dashboard will give you the complete picture of each captured packet, displaying the protocols applied to each layer and its headers.
Remember that hacking into other networks is illegal and it is necessary that you don’t violate the law. You can use the above tools to experiment with your group of friends or alone. But make sure you try it on your own network.