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How to Protect Wireless Routers from Malware


Wireless routers ensure that homes and offices are equipped with efficient networking support; however, such a provision also creates a lot of vulnerabilities in the network.

In fact, it is quite easy to hack into poor encryptions as the default administrator password is active for many users. Here is an insight into what you can do to conduct adequate security protection such that the wireless router network is never at risk.

Avoid storing the default admin password

Every router shipped comprises of a default password set in admin. Hence, the users can configure the router for the first reset. Some routers may even ship with remote configuration. It gets extremely easier for the hackers to easily gain access to your settings in remote. With administrator password in default for your item, changing your firmware and injecting malware is a simple task for hackers.

Use of old encryption schemes

WEP is an encryption that still allows the hackers to gain access to wireless networks. But, the support is vulnerable and it is recommended that the users implement WPA2. However, older Smartphone and tablet devices, in particular, do not support WPA2 such that in a way it forces the users to downgrade the security for compatibility.

Old firmware usage

Malware’s keep affecting the internet and hackers take the advantage of old firmware versions that are allowed to keep running the CGI scripts. In fact, it gives them access to run local router commands in such a way that gaining access to sensitive data like user names and passwords gets simpler. So, there is no hindrance that comes their way to snoop into your network.

Hackers create “botnets” with a vulnerable access that is spread across a number of users on the network. Thus if a hacker wants to attack a specific server, a command is sent to every user that lets them send across massive amount of traffic to the particular server. This kind of a malware attack and breach of server network security is known as distributed denial of service or DDoS.

Protecting the network router

When you first get your router shipped, open the packaging and log on to the device. Now change the settings such that it hides the wireless access point to configure the router. Change the administrator password post the configuration so you can turn on broadcasting. There is no need to broadcast your SSID and users can easily establish connection with your network. Home users can turn off the broadcasting that simply enhances the security feature.

Use of WPA2 is advisable for encryption. Set a password that is hard to crack as simple passwords are easy to guess. Make sure that you take note of the password that needs to be entered on each device.

Predicting any kind of future hacking and malware isn’t possible, but securing your system is certainly a way to protect from unforeseen inconvenience. There are scripts used by hackers to check out for vulnerabilities. So, always update your firmware and never use the default administrator password when using wireless routers.