If you have an ASUS router, you may be at risk and you should continue to read this article and related articles to protect your data. Even if you don't have an ASUS router, you should be aware of the risks of not properly setting up your router.
Many of us read the manuals and follow the setup process when we get new tech, while others of us plow on thorugh and figure it out hands on. Regardless to your personal approach to technology above all, you really need to have an understanding of WHAT is at risk by using default settings. When you are installing your home wireless router, there are two things that you should do:
- You should assign a password for your local network. This is the password you will use with wireless devices to connect to your internet connection. This should be password protected (not open). Without this password, anyone within range of your network can hop on to your internet connection. This can degrade your connection as you are now sharing your connection, which slows your access to the internet. A stranger could also connect to other devices on your network, some of which you may not want them to have access or infect your network with malware. Lastly, all activity over your internet connection is connected to you, the owner of that connection. So if someone performs illegal activities over your connection, it is your access and it points back to you. Keep your network password protected using numbers, letters and special charachters. It's best not to use a dictionary word. Don't think that because there are no houses around, that you are safe to have an unsecured network. Anyone can quickly see insecure networks as they walk by your home.
- Change the default log on password for the router. This is different than your wireless password; This is the password you use you log into your router to adjust settings. Make this a stronger password because if someone gains access, they can modify settings which will allow them to remotely connect to your router. You won't likely use this password again for a long time, so put it in your password manager, or write it down and tape it to the bottom of your router (don't block any air vents), etc. Obviously, putting the password on the device diminishes much of the security, but I would rather see someone do this than to leave their password as the router default.
For ASUS users, if your router has AiCloud or AiDisk, please read this article from OnGuardOnline.gov. There is another article on the Wall Street Journal regarding ASUS's settlement with the FTC today.
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