Security flaws of your routers and too simple passwords allow cybercriminals to access your home network.
Do you know the password for your Wi-Fi router? Did you know that it must be protected by a password? You’re not sure? Rest assured, you are not the only person to not be familiar with it.
What might happen to you?
Lose all the data on your computer! This includes your bank details, your personal information, your browsing history and photos.
What is the current situation?
The security of routers is set aside by their users and new vulnerabilities are discovered every day, making the task much easier for hackers.
We conducted a study that allowed us to discover that 4 of 5 US households connected to the Internet were at risk of being attacked via their wireless routers. In addition, 16 out of 100 people who responded to the survey said they had been attacked by hackers.
The main problem: their PASSWORD.
Avast found that more than half of the routers were little or no protection. Their default settings are not changed or are protected by very simple and easy to hack passwords. Here’s what your router might display:
- admin / admin
- admin / password
- admin / <no-password>
25% of respondents reporting protect the router with a single password using their address, name, phone number or other extremely easy-to-guess passwords.
Risk that your home network?
The main risk to any Wi-Fi network is the DNS hijacking. This occurs when a malware breaks into your unprotected router and redirects you to a fraudulent site resembling the original site that you want to visit. When you log in to this site with your password, hackers seize it and use it to access the legitimate site. Scary is not it?
Tips to Secure The Wi-Fi
- Change the default password it is very necessary. (When you are altering passwords, determine when the router shipped with any pre-produced SSIDs. SSIDs would be the names from the wireless systems set up for that router. You need to alter the passwords of these SSIDs even when you aren’t with them, just in case.)
- Do Clean up the list of SSID names
- Keep on checking regularly , who is connected
- Whenever you setup your wireless network, you’d the choice to show on file encryption. For home networking customers, you need to switch on file encryption (instead of running a wide open network) and you ought to choose WPA2 because the file encryption method.