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When you connect a computer to the internet, it’s also connected to millions of other computers—a connection that could allow attackers access to your computer. Although cable modems, digital subscriber lines (DSLs), and internet service providers (ISPs) have some level of security monitoring, it’s crucial to secure your router—the first securable device that receives information […]
If you use your own router, it’s important to ensure it’s a recent model and has the latest firmware. By looking up the model number, you can determine if it is compatible with specific security protocols and also find its default IP address. By entering the latter in your browser, you can check its firmware […]
You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your internet router, unless it struggles to deliver reliable Wi-Fi or Ethernet. If it’s working properly, it’s virtually invisible. However, with the rapid rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), these same routers have become the new front lines in network security, emerging as some of the biggest […]
To prevent outsiders from easily accessing your network, avoid publicizing your SSID. All Wi-Fi routers allow users to protect their device’s SSID, which makes it more difficult for attackers to find a network. At the very least, change your SSID to something unique. Leaving it as the manufacturer’s default could allow a potential attacker to […]
Outdated internet router firmware is a major security risk. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware of this issue because they don’t do much with their routers unless they have issues with their internet connections. Take a look at your router to find its IP address, which you can enter into your web browser. From there, you […]
The recent VPN Filter malware revealed the abundance of security issues in many of the Internet routers we rely on every day. One vulnerability you can close right away involves universal plug and play (UPnP), a service for automatically configuring some devices on the network. Turn it off unless you’re sure you need it.
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