June 20, 2018
Hackers like to target home routers – and for good reason. Routers transmit all the data that flows in and out of the house. So, if there's some breach, that's really bad for you.
Your router could be compromised, and you'd never know it.
To protect yourself: Unplug your router, wait 30 second and then plug it in again.
Then reset your router's administrative password, the password you use to log into the router. Make it a strong password.
If you have your own router, go into settings and turn off the remote access feature. Then update the firmware, the software that's embedded in the device. A router with the latest updates is less vulnerable to malware.
"Unlike your laptop or your smartphone, most older routers don't notify you if there's an update available,” said Tercius Bufete, an associate editor at Consumer Reports. “So, it's really up to you to check every 3 or 4 months whether there's an update available on your manufacturer's website."
If that seems like too much of a hassle, you might want to replace your old router with a new one that updates automatically. Chances are it will also perform better.
Have a router from your cable company? Check their website to see what you should do.