WiFi Vulnerabilities Exposed
A recent study that scanned over 4.3 million routers found that up to 48 per cent of the said devices had some sort of vulnerability.
14:43 08 February 2018
This means that they can be hacked or used without the permission of the owner.
But there is no reason to be alarmed because there are a number of foolproof measures that you can take to protect your router to prevent unauthorised users from hogging your bandwidth. These include the following:
· Change admin password as soon as your wireless network is set up. The more characters you use, the better. Make every effort to make your password as long and as complex as possible.
· Change your service set identifier (SSID) so hackers wouldn’t easily know your router’s manufacturer’s name. Also, update your firmware regularly to further boost your security.
· Scan the devices connected to your router – Make it a habit to check for devices that connect to your router using available apps. These apps help you block unauthorised access from your smartphone anytime, anywhere.
· Invest in virtual private network (VPN) – This service allows you securely access your home network across an encrypted internet tunnel when you’re away.
· Set up a guest network – This allows you to keep your password secure while sharing your internet connection to family or friends when they visit.
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