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Is your internet router leaving you vulnerable to malware?

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 […]

Protect your wireless network Service Set Identifier (SSID)

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 […]

Update your router’s firmware

Outdated internet router firmware is a major security risk.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 […]

Turn off UPnP on your Internet router

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.

Change the default passwords on routers and other devices

Everything from your Wi-Fi router to a new baby monitor might ship with a default username and password, such as “admin” for both credentials. You should change them right away to prevent exposure to botnets designed to take over devices with easily guessed logins.