How to keep your ISP router safe from Hackers
Todays Topic: How to keep your ISP router safe from Hackers
I’ve personally been involved with some white hat hackers in the past who shocked me at how easy it was to break into internet service provider (ISP) supplied internet routers. The router, or sometimes modem ( the terms in general speak are used interchangeably in NZ), is the device that your ISP gives you to plug into your phone jack at home.
You would think you should just plug it in and it would be safe, but this isn’t always the case.
Now it’s been a few years since I’ve tried but many of the routers they were supplying used to allow your secret passwords to be easily exposed.
I’m not going to go into specifics here because my goal is not to educate more people how to access information they shouldn’t, but to help everyone else out there be protected from these easily avoided issues.
Here are two simple rules which will help make sure you’re safer on the net.
It’s easy to carry these tasks out and your ISP will be happy to help you make sure you’re protected.
1. Change The Default Password On Your Router
This is by far the easiest prevention measure you can take. Many people with malicious intent will stop at this step when they see you’ve gone to the trouble to change this. I can’t stress how easy it is to break into a router when the default details are kept. If you’re in doubt here how to change it, contact your ISP and ask them to help you do it.
We even have an upcoming post on what the default ISP username and passwords are in New Zealand, so make sure you change yours and write it down somewhere. If you lose this password and need to get in for any reason, obviously the default username and password will not work anymore. Your ISP will be able to help you with this too, but only advanced users should ever need to makes changes in their router other than the two points we cover here.
2. Make Sure Internet Access To Your Router Is Turned Off
There is absolutely no need for the average user to log on to their router from the internet. Some ISP’s, who shall remain nameless, used to supply customers with routers with default username and passwords and also internet access on those routers turned on by default. You don’t need to be a mathematician to put two and two together here.
If your password on your router has been changed it makes it much harder to access your device in this type of scenario. Again, your ISP will be able to help you make sure it is turned off. These two simple points here will make your device much more secure.
Less and less these days are we seeing ISP supplied routers with internet access turned on by default but we always like to employ a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach, and there’s no reason why you cant too.
We’d love to hear about your experiences with your ISP, so please let us know.
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