Routers are a fantastic target for hackers. Those devices are the gateway for you to the internet, but also for the internet to you. Hackers can access your router and listen in to understand, for example, what bank you are using. From that, it would create a fake page of the bank you use. Then in an appropriate moment,, it would redirect you to the phony bank page to steal your credentials.
HOW TO PROTECT
- Turn on encryption. Just be sure that the wireless traffic settings are using WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode or just WPA2 to make data encrypted.
- Change the network’s default network name. This technique is called the SSID. Standard SSID can be, for example, your router model, ISP provider, or similar. Mask that by creating a neat new name for your Wireless network.
- Change the routers default password. Not only default passwords are a terrible idea, but most of them are the same for the model you bought and are shared by thousands! Additionally, to that, you will find those passwords on the internet. So go and change it now.
- Consider filtering the devices that are allowed to connect to your router. Every device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network has a unique ID called the “physical address” or “MAC” address. Routers can screen for what the device wants to connect and disconnect the ones are not on the white list.
- Turn off your wireless router when it is not used for more extended periods.