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Instabridge Allows You to Invite Friends to Your WiFi Network, No Passwords Needed

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Whenever I head over to a friend’s house, one of the first questions I have to ask (if I’m in a bad network area) is, “Hey, what’s your WiFi password?” Usually, that is answered with some embarrassing phrase or crazy long number-letter combination that makes no sense. This is where Instabridge comes in. 

With Instabridge, you can grant access to your WiFi network with the press of a single button. There is no exchange of passwords or anything. Also, if you are at a coffee shop with a group of friends and they each have the app installed, once one of you connects to the shop’s WiFi, you all instantly connect. To look at the broader picture, if everyone was using this app and sharing their networks with friends, which they shared with their friends, you would find hotspots across an entire city. It’s a pretty sweet idea.

Watch their promo video below which humorously displays the great ways to use this app.

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Via: Life Hacker

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  • teslawave

    couple of questions..
    1) does this just send the network id (ssid) and password to your friend list, or does it make the phone a “hotspot?”
    2) if i get my buddy’s network/password, then go to work, and my coworkers are on my “share list” do they get my buddy’s network info?
    3) for the coffee/hotel/shop/etc. they usually have some random log in, either with a unique pw, or a login page, wher eyou agree to the wifi terms. how does this handle that?

  • http://twitter.com/nathanranson Nathan Ranson

    I, for one, love this. Sure there are inherent security risks in letting people on your network, but I can’t see how this is any less-dangerous than a password printed in plain-text somewhere. And while I can’t speak for everyone, the risk of someone jumping on your residential password-protected wireless network is pretty low.

  • WHO?

    I would use the app if everyone didn’t have to have the app. Know one ramdomly comes over and has the same apps. The people who come over often already know the key. So if it was a way for them to login maybe through secured link or something it would be a great app.

  • mbaldwin85

    Download instawifi and use it to create a qr code

  • http://www.facebook.com/rene.barba.89 Rene Barba

    Or you can look on the side of the wireless router and look for the password there it’s printed around the bottom or top of the router.

  • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

    Also seems like an easy way to remove your entire security at home.

    • http://www.facebook.com/agevik Niklas Agevik

      :) It depends on who you share with. You’re always in control of who can use your Wi-Fi. If you’re giving out passwords today it’s hard to know exactly who has access.

  • Silver Veloz

    Usually when someone is over and asks for my Wifi, I tell them to select my network. I take the phone from them and key it in myself. Not everyone needs to know it. I do give it to family, though.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    At my friend’s house they have a hand cross-stitched QR code that you scan and it auto-connects. Fancy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/agevik Niklas Agevik

      That’s pretty cool! We’re adding something similar to Instabridge. We’ve been thinking about doing it through NFC stickers though and sending them out for free to our top users. If you’re interested feel free to get in touch.

      • John Kiser

        QR codes would be much nicer to send out as they are a bit more universal unless you are relying on NFC to do this?

  • kindrudekid

    https://zxing.appspot.com/generator/

    Create, Print, Apply behind the Door!

    WAY F*CKING EASIER!!!!

    Just setup a guest network on your router and go, if you have dd-wrt, earn a few bucks too!!!!

  • C-Law

    I wish more people had their wps button turned on. That always makes it easy

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      Some people (like myself) have their routers buried in a desk and practically hidden by wires and an inch of dust! I really don’t think that button is gonna be easy to press!

  • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

    Usually I need to connect to someones WiFi because I have no connection..say on my WiFi Nexus 7, or out of a service area. I doubt the app can work without a data connection of some sort…so it seems to reduce the value of it. I prefer the QR code method, or NFC tag even, or both.

    • TheCheapGamer

      Yes, but you can have the information downloaded before you even get there.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

        that would take an awful lot of foresight, requesting access to somewhere you’re not even at yet…or maybe don’t even know you plan to be there. But besides that, I think the core problem will be getting two people who use it. It’s really hard to get people all on the same eco band wagon, let alone individual app wagon.

  • Andrew Sharrow

    Meh. WPS is becoming commonplace enough that I’ve used that the past few times that I’ve had to add to a network.

  • yummy

    The absolute last thing I would
    ever want to do. Sounds like lots
    of fun though

  • DroidzFX

    Are you actually connecting to the router or just bridging the connection through the phone.

    • http://twitter.com/deckerbm Benjamin Decker

      You’re connecting to the router. Instabridge handles the exchange of the passwords.

  • Joe

    When sharing, I assume the WiFi credentials are sent through some sort of connection. Does Instabridge encrypt this data before being sent?

    • http://twitter.com/kjwilk91 Kyle Wilkins

      What’s the point of encryption if the person you are sharing it with can just go ahead and share it with all of his friends and so on and so forth?

      • Silver Veloz

        That’s what I was wondering. Can they share your WiFi with someone else once they are connected? Seems like it. If there was a function where, if a friend wanted to share it, they would have to get your permission through the app first. Then maybe I might consider it. Great concept though.

      • Tom

        To not let non-friends from connecting to your WiFi by sniffing unencrypted connections. You can also specify who has access. Your friends can’t give away access without your permission either.

    • http://www.facebook.com/agevik Niklas Agevik

      Yes – everything is encrypted before being sent/received on any devices.

  • nightscout13

    WPS Push Button, done. That was faster than installing some app, creating an account, then forcing your friends to do the same.

    • reaver

      WPS is notoriously insecure. Google “reaver.”

      • nightscout13

        Understand that from that perspective, any WiFi connection is insecure. Ever heard of packet sniffing? WiFi is inherently insecure.

        • reaver

          Packet sniffing does you no good if there is a sufficient level of encryption. Using things that have been broken (such as WPS) significantly increases the attack surface of a network. WPA2 has not yet been broken, a packet sniffer will not render anything of use in that case.

          • nightscout13

            WPA2 is not as secure as you think. Pre Shared keys are easy to get past. Google: is WPA2 Crackable?

          • reaver

            Only if you don’t follow common security measures (which admittedly most people don’t). I should have made the caveat that a “properly” secured WPA2 network is not something that can be broken. But hey, security or convenience. Pick one.

          • Tom

            That’s why you should make sure any app or website encrypts data before sending across the internet with something like AES-256.

    • http://www.facebook.com/agevik Niklas Agevik

      Unfortunately we found that casual users don’t use WPS and don’t even know what it is. But with that said, if you’re just connecting to one Wi-Fi router then WPS is certainly faster than Instabridge. I think the real value of Instabridge comes when you’re using it to access all of your friends’ networks on all of your devices.

      (Also, for security reasons you shouldn’t be using WPS in the first place, see other comments).

  • dannyWHITE

    Not bad..

  • Liquidretro

    NFC anyone? All the new Android phones have this at least.

    • http://www.facebook.com/agevik Niklas Agevik

      It’s coming! Get in touch and we’ll send out the beta build to you as soon as we have it. niklas a.t. instabr idge dot com

  • http://twitter.com/kjwilk91 Kyle Wilkins

    Why would hackers and such need to crack WiFi passwords anymore when they have Instabridge! Never would I use this. Good idea, but I think the bad outweighs the good in this app, as it stands now.

    • SuperTongue

      Do you really live in a neighborhood where “hackers” be crackin’ your WiFi? At that point, I’d suggest filtering by MAC address…

      • DroidzFX

        People be doing war driving like crazy in my hood. shiz is real son.

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          Depending upon your service provider, some will automatically scan networks and traffics to alert the subscriber if there is anything even SLIGHTLY fishy going on with the network! I know for a fact Bright House does it and they even report their findings to the local sheriff’s office for prosecution!!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/rob.dallara Rob Dallara

            ::sarcasm lost on champion::

      • http://twitter.com/kjwilk91 Kyle Wilkins

        I wasn’t aware there was a neighborhood where you went down and told people in your car “watch out this looks like the neighborhood that has hackers in it”. Anyone could be trying to get your info. If you filter by MAC aren’t you defeating the purpose of this app?

        • MehCom

          It’s called “knowing your neighbors”. If they can’t even turn a computer on without freaking out, the chances of someone in your neighborhood hacking you are pretty damn low.

          You should get out of the house more.

          Also, if someone wants in your network, a password or app isn’t going to save you.

          Are you just mad that someone had the brains to code an idea of yours into reality? Ugh..old people.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            A family friend of mine recently got investigated by the local authorities after he “borrowed” a neighbor’s open WiFi network. Now this friend barely knew how to work a PC let alone hack a network but because he used the network without explicit permission from the subscriber, he was considered in the wrong. This neighbor (who is an elderly woman that is tech illiterate) got contacted from the ISP and warned that her network could have been breached and since she didn’t know anything about it, Bright House was going to forward the case to the local authorities. Luckily for him the neighbor didn’t have the network secured so the case was dropped but it just goes to show ISPs are beginning to step up security and monitoring on subscribers!

          • MehCom

            Sounds like the problem of the person who had the network who didn’t have it secure. Also, they’ve ALWAYS been monitoring subscribers. Even without an app like this, it’d still happen.

            How do you think the Six Strikes rule is even in affect? It’s not just those few ISPs on the list that are monitoring people you know.

          • DaveTea

            Not calling BS..but are you sure your friend is not full of it? How would the local authorities even know it was him?

          • http://twitter.com/kjwilk91 Kyle Wilkins

            Wasn’t aware 21 was considered old now a days… Ugh… I am in no way mad about his app. I wouldnt have though to make an app like that at all so kudos for him. Gauging how PC savy my neighbors are isn’t anything to talk about. I know my neighbors, yes. I don’t know every detail about them. People are noisey now a days… Ugh…

      • bobukcat

        MAC Filtering is useless against anything more than a casual hacker – too easy to change client MAC to an approved one they can see in the air.

      • Tom

        MAC address filtering is like having a door with no lock. It’s a false sense of security.

      • michael arazan

        I live in the suburbs and found some guy at 1 am driving and parking in front of all my neighbors houses with his laptop lighting up inside his vehicle, doing it for over an hour. Called the police and they got there right when he started to leave and rolled up on him with guns drawn. I don’t know if that is breaking the law by driving around trying to crack personal wifi in households yet. After 45 minutes they look like they let him go

      • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch
    • http://www.facebook.com/agevik Niklas Agevik

      We try to make it clear that you should only share with people that you trust. But if there’s a hacker that’s hell bent on getting your WPA2 key there’s plenty of ways to do that without Instabridge. The WPS vulnerability that was discovered last year being a good example of that and unfortunately many routers still use WPS.

      Going forward we will most likely add some sort of interface where users can get a security report on their router and receive info on how to secure it.