I recently moved into a new apartment, and with rent "free fiber connection" was included. I was skeptical, but the building location and proximity to my office was a no brainer. Now I'm regretting it.
There's numerous issues with this setup, and I'm regretting passing off my wifi connection to the building to manage just to save a few bucks.
Here's a few things that bother me:
- All of the SSIDs are the APT #'s. This was an immediate red flag - every internet connection is directly identifiable to an apartment unit. I see this as a huge security flaw, yet their technical support just blew that off.
- I cannot change the SSID, or configure the router settings at all.
- The network password was given to me - and I cannot reset it (because they need access). I have a feeling it's the same password the last resident had.
I do have access to the router itself, and I'd like to use a second router to build a new Wireless Access Point that acts as a VPN. I'm a totally security noob, so I'm having trouble finding a solution that I can implement without having access to the router configuration panel.
I'd like to implement a hardware VPN here, as opposed to just a software solution. I work in software so I'm very capable in the command line, but my networking skills could use some work.
Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!
EDIT - To answer some of the comments. I am not looking to prevent a specific attack, nor am I a true "person of interest" for hackers. This is just the first time I've been given and router and told "Use this password". I am a web developer and manage a lot of AWS instances for various clients, so in general I'm concerned about leaked keys and identity theft.
I also confirmed that the password is the same default password that came on the router, which would confirm my suspicion that the last resident also had this password.
At this point, I've ordered a new router and am going to try and wire that up when it comes in tomorrow. I've also considered getting a USB VPN/Access Point and connecting to that exclusively at home.