In a world of increasing use of digital devices, we are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks in our offices and homes. This was made apparent this week when hackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the vulnerability of millions of “smart” devices in homes and businesses connected to the internet.
The attack raised concerns among security experts because of the size and for the machines that made them happen. The attackers used as many as one million security cameras, digital video recorders and other infected devices to generate a flood of internet traffic that knocked their targets offline, security experts said.
The abundance of internet-connected devices from televisions to thermostats offers attackers a bigger supply of weapons to infiltrate. Many of these devices are intended to be plugged in and forgotten. These devices are “designed to be remote controlled over the internet,“ said Andy Ellis, chief security officer at network operator Akamai Technologies Inc. ”They’re also never going to be updated.” People buy them plug then in, connect them and never look back unless they stop working due to electrical problems or attrition.
Security experts have long warned that machines without their own screens are less likely to receive fixes designed to protect them. Researchers have found flaws in gadgets ranging from “smart” lightbulbs to internet-connected cars. Wi-Fi routers are a growing source of concern as many manufacture, leave the onus on consumers to do the updating.
Closing the Door Behind You:
Attacks through routers are rarely reported or documented. They have been used to hop unto networks to see what a user is sending through emails and encrypted data. These attacks direct the router to down websites and the growing a number of these types of attacks are increasing. Routers are difficult to secure as they do not have a way to warn owners of bugs in software or hardware unlike phones and computers. The owner has to be diligent in closing the door to their homes or office.
How To Protect Your Router
- Change the default password on your router. All routers come with a manufacturer’s password and it can be easily hacked. Use a strong password longer than 8 characters and containing numbers, characters and symbols.
- Update your router software through their the manufacturer’s website and keep it updated. Be sure to check the model and version before you download and install.
- Make sure that the firewall on your router is turned on, and the firewall on your computer is turned on.
- Make sure you are using WP2A encryption on your router. The link will help you to find and set this up.
Have an up to date router after three to four years, your router itself may be out of date and unable to meet today’s security standards