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Secure Your Router: How to Help Prevent the Next Internet Takedown

Secure Your Router: How to Help Prevent the Next Internet Takedown

Many of us have little to no understanding of how many devices in our house are now interconnected and thus, need to be secured. What do you need to do to help secure your devices? 

Below are simple tips simply by tightening up the settings on your router that can help protect all of your devices while they are in your home:

Change the default username and password

Use the web page or app provided by your router’s manufacturer that allows you to adjust settings. Change both the username and the password to something strong and unique.

Disable Universal Plug and Play

Unless you specifically know you need to use, you should disable this option in your router settings. Leaving this feature enabled allows people to access your network without authentication.

Turn off remote management

By turning off remote management (or “Web Access”), physical access to the router will be required to change its settings.

Change the name of your access point

Choose a name that doesn’t make it obvious what type of router you’re using, or whose access point it is.  This is usually a very easy change and makes it a little more challenging for attackers.

Require a password for your Wi-Fi connection

Allowing people to connect to your Wi-Fi without a password invites danger. Choose a good password, and don’t post it where people can see it.

Update the software on your router and devices

If you don’t get prompted to apply security patches as soon as they become available, set an item on your calendar to prompt you to check for updates on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Research your purchases and read reviews

Do a little extra research to help improve the odds of getting one that was designed with security in mind from the beginning.

Check for known vulnerabilities

Search for vendors and specific products on CVE Details to see if they have known vulnerabilities. If the product you’re considering has vulnerabilities, you can do a search for the specific CVE number to see if a patch is available. Naturally, it’s best to avoid devices that have issues with ongoing, unpatched security holes.

Check for known issues

Research vendors on the Better Business Bureau site to see if other customers have reported issues, or if there are government actions against the company. Search the product or vendor name with the word “recall” to see if there are any recalls under way.

Resources taken from: 

How to Create a Successful Cybersecurity Policy
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