The Fraunhofer Institute has done a security review on 127 of the most popular routers used by consumers and they have found that the most popular brands are “affected by hundreds of known vulnerabilities” Even with updates released regularly the think tank found the security vulnerabilities continue to exist.
Vendors such as D-Link, Netgear, and Linksys had 53 Critical Rated Vulnerabilities (CRVs). The most secure routers still had 21 issues. The report didn’t list the vulnerabilities to not bring the specifics to the attention of cybercriminals.
The report shows that there is no router without flaws and no router brands are able to mitigate all security risks.
Rush has years of experience working with different routers and coming up with software solutions to mitigate the risk of cybercriminals getting access to your computer. Technology is constantly changing which means criminals can cause harm or gather data are changing their techniques. Getting regular tune-ups and cybersecurity assessments are no longer a suggestion in today’s world but a necessity.
If you haven’t called in or recently got connected for a tune-up contact us now. It’s best to approach these risks with an abundance of caution and our experienced technicians know exactly what they are looking for and where to find it. Installing the software on a computer that has already been infected with malware doesn’t always fix the problem. This is why it is imperative that we have an eyes-on approach to make sure that any infected files or possible breaches are removed and the correct action is put in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Call (888) 965-0171 now and ask for a free security assessment. Our technicians will make sure your computer is clean that the appropriate security measures have been taken to make sure you and your personal information continue to be safe.
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Tips to keep your router more secure
Your managed service provider should be taking care of these tips below.
1. Change the username and password for your router
When an internet company installs a router you get a default username and password. Manufacturers tend to use the same username and password across all their products. This setup obviously makes it easy for hackers to access your network.
2. Change your Wi-Fi password often
This is probably the simplest step on how to keep Wi-Fi secure in your office.
When you change your Wi-Fi password, make sure to change the network name. Just like the router username and password, networks get named pretty standard labels. The default name usually reveals the make and model of your router. This is useful information to a hacker.
Andrew Lassise also discusses this topic at the end of this episode of the podcast:
4. Lower your transmit power
Consider to reduce the radius. By default, all Wi-Fi transmits at 100% (100mW). You can lower your transmit power to roughly 75%. Do you really want the coffee shop on the corner receiving your signal?
5. Keep an eye on your network
Another tip on how to keep Wi-Fi secure is simply keeping an eye on your network. If you monitor it often, you can spot unfamiliar devices or users who shouldn’t be on there.
6. Turn off your Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)
The UPnP on your router lets other devices connect with your device without getting blocked for being unrecognizable. An example is your printer. You can connect it to your computer and it can send and receive data. This happens because the UPnP opens the gate, so to speak, that lets these devices through. The drawback, of course, is that malware programs can easily slip in, too. Hackers can also connect to your network and take control of your devices. Printers, mobile phones, wireless speakers, are all devices that can connect to your computer via UPnP:
7. Turn off your Remote Management Feature
When you enable your remote management feature on your router, it’s usually to let someone else who is not physically present troubleshoot your router. Or you would like to configure your router via the internet. Fortunately, the remote management feature is turned off by default. If you do need to enable it to troubleshoot or perform a specific task, switch it to the off position once done.
8. Disable Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Wi-Fi Protected Setup was set up to make it faster and easier for routers to connect to different devices, without having to enter a passphrase for each new device. While WPS is efficient and saves time, it also leaves your computer open to attacks. Having to enter a passphrase for each new device is like demanding a password for every person who knocks at your door. The WPS technology automatically hands out that password to every person who knocks. If your router allows you to disable WPS, do so.
9. Encrypt your data
Encrypt or scramble any data that travels over your network so hackers can’t read it. Hackers will be able to see the scrambled data, but they won’t be able to decipher your login passwords or any other essential information that might be openly available.
10. Always install updates
Malware and hackers tend to be like viruses. They adapt, improve, and get stronger. Updates to your router will help keep your Wi-Fi secure from any future attacks.
11. Add an additional Firewall
Last but not least, if you’re still feeling insecure about your Wi-Fi’s security, install additional firewall software. Now you’ll have two: your router’s firewall, which should be on, and your own.