Protect Your Router from being Hacked

With today’s increasing fraud problem, you must take every precaution as to not fall victim to this issue.  Unfortunately, today we all know someone that has experienced fraud of some type.  We have painstakingly installed anti-virus software on our computers, and know not to use our mobile devices and laptops to shop online in places via a public server.    However, did you know that the very router you have purchased and installed might have been delivered to your home with security vulnerabilities?

This is alarming to say the least! Many manufacturers ship the routers to customers with outdated software and no instructions for performing online updates.  According to the Wall Street Journal, a study of 20 popular routers found that 50% of these devices had documented security weaknesses. Many of these routers did not prompt consumers to check for software updates during the initial installation process. A device should always have instructions as to how to perform online updates periodically. Hackers can steal sensitive information over home internet connections using unsecured routers. Unknown-1

Protect Yourself

Knowledge is power.  Once you are aware of how certain data breaches occur, you will be better informed as to how to protect yourself.  Enabling your WPA2 (wireless encryption) and having a strong SSID Network Name and password helps to deter hackers and Wifi freeloaders.  It is also a good idea to change your password from time to time.  By not using WiFi Protected Access (WPA2) encryption to protect your network, is like leaving your car unlocked with the keys and valuables in it for someone to take.  You don’t want to set yourself up for someone to steal your personal information.  If you are using outdated Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) security, which is easily cracked in seconds for most hackers, consider upgrading to WPA2.  Currently, WPA2 has the strongest encryption capabilities.  Always do the most you can to protect yourself, and your bank account, against fraud.

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