Friday, February 16, 2007

Your Home Router May be at Risk

If you've got a home router, you should be in a better position, security-wise, than if you don't. That's because your router acts as a firewall to the outside world, in effect hiding your home computers from would-be hackers. While that's still true, experts are now warning home router users to make sure they have changed the default password to your router's settings. When setting up most routers, users are not prompted to change the default password, which is usually something like "admin" or "password." Hackers can now gain entry into your router's settings if you haven't changed this password. I won't go into detail about what they can do if they gain access, but you know it's not good. The moral of this story is, change your default router password. Now!