Security: Are you securing your WiFi Router?

Ok, this is an alarming finding:

Most people never change their router’s passowrd

If you’re like most, you probably have a single WiFi-router located in your home that is always-on and connected to The Internet. Think about that for a moment. Go ahead – I’ll wait..

This survey is based on a poll of 1,000 people in the UK. It indicates that half do not even use passwords to protect their WiFi-network. Only 29 percent even know what WiFi encryption is, and a small minority bother to change the default username and password when they set it up.

That thing (your router) may be is exposing everything on your home or work network to the Internet.

If your router-box comes with a fixed preset admin-username, in many cases the encryption-key can be hacked fairly easily, and an intruder from who-knows-where may be doing her own malevolent re-configuration of *your* router!

Everything that you have connected on your network — your computers, mobile devices, your wireless or network-connected printers upon which you printed your case briefs — all may be made visible, by some evil villain who has too much time on her hands.

Please: change your routers admin username to something unexpected, set the password and don’t forget what that is (I know — that sounds a bit contradictory). Set your firewall to allow only the incoming and outgoing connections that you want to be able to get through, and while you’re at it — go ahead and *block* the kids’ gaming-sites, smut-sites, and credit-repair scam-sites that your family may be accessing (which always carry insidious malware designed to pry open your security to their nefarious eyes). Check your manual that came with your router — it is not hard. “Do it now” (that last sentence is in Arnold’s voice).

 

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About James W Hurst

a professional software designer since the beginning days of the desktop cptr and uC-controlled avionics, I today am focusing on Java, Swift, C# and F# for building mobile and desktop and online applications under Android, Xamarin.Forms, iOS, WPF, and ASP.NET-MVC along with the requisite HTML/CSS/JavaScript/Ajax for web applications. My database expertise has covered a panoply of different database-engines and modeling approaches, and my main area of academic interest is Artificial Intelligence and vision.
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