Hackers have found a way to attack your home Wi-Fi router

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We take a look at the latest hack that targets home Wi-Fi routers…

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When it comes to having access to WiFi, it is definitely a privilege for many people, slowly becoming a necessity for many homes. Not just in South Africa, but all over the world. Internet access during the current pandemic has proven to be beneficial for many families, both for entertainment and school needs.

But with great progress comes great risk, or so we believe when it comes to technology. There is a juxtaposition of having everything in your hands and having everything at risk of being taken from you.

We’re talking about cybersecurity and a new hack attacking home Wi-Fi routers.

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VPN service provider NordVPN says “this is incredibly worrying for cybersecurity experts, as 64% of users have WiFi routers in their homes, and 1 in 6 do nothing to protect them.” (Commercial Technology)

The scariest part of hearing is that many of us don’t realize that we need to protect our WiFi routers. Yes, it makes sense now that we have heard of this type of cyberattack, but how often are we aware of cybersecurity?

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“The attackers hacked into poorly protected routers and changed their settings. Once done, they could redirect users to a fake webpage that displayed a message, allegedly from the World Health Organization, asking users to download an app which offers information about COVID -19. The app would then function as an information stealer and upload the stolen data to the hackers’ servers.” (Commercial Technology)

The importance of knowing what can happen when your home WiFi router gets hacked is just as important as dealing with it in the best possible way.

Some of the things you may not have protection for include; having unwanted users on your network, slowing down the network or engaging in illegal acts, spying on your internet activity – if you enter your banking credentials on a device linked to the router, the hacker can see this information, hackers can take control of your internet activity, which basically means that they can redirect you to a malicious site and secretly control your traffic…

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Scary, right? Definitely scary, especially because there’s this notion that when we’re home, we’re safe. This is not the case, as when technology advances, the risks and lack of security only make us more vulnerable.

“The least you can do to protect your home router is to change your default router password. After that, you can disable SSID (WiFi network name) broadcasts. If you hide your SSID, the name of your home WiFi will not appear in the list when someone tries to connect, instead they will have to manually connect by entering your home WiFi name and password. a potential intruder will need to know the exact name of your home Wi-Fi as well as the password.”

The VPN Advisor also suggests that you install a VPN on your router. A VPN will encrypt traffic on every device connected to your home WiFi. It scrambles all your online data, making it completely gibberish for hackers trying to intercept your network. (Commercial Technology)

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