Over the last few years, the Internet has evolved to make our lives easier.
We can chat with friends or manage our finances, all with a simple point and click.
But as the Internet has evolved, so to have the practices of hackers looking to exploit your personal information.
To keep yourself safe online, you have to check your NetGear router regularly.
In this article, we’re going to show you why and give you tips on how to repair your device if something’s amiss.
Fix Password Bypass Vulnerability
Recently, third-party researchers have discovered a way for hackers to obtain the admin password for a NetGear router.
It comes from a flaw in the password recovery process.
Hackers gain the login credentials as well as control over the whole device.
With this control, they can change the router’s configuration or upload new firmware.
Worse still is that these attacks can be made remotely if the router’s remote management option is enabled.
Thankfully, however, this function is automatically disabled on every NetGear router, though you can change that by going to advanced settings.
To test for this vulnerability, you can run a Python code developed by Trustwave researcher, Simon Kenin.
You’ll have to disable password recovery to ensure a reliable test.
If you find a flaw in your NetGear router, don’t panic.
The manufacturer has updated the firmware to patch affected networks.
Simply download the update, and you’re ready to go.
Eradicate IoT Botnets
Not long ago, the Mirai Botnet disabled the Internet in Germany for a few hours due to distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks against Internet Service Provider Deutsche Telekom.
Hackers leveraged infected routers with malware and most of the time users were unaware of the security breach.
Taking down the Internet isn’t the only havoc botnets can wreak.
Back in 2007, the infamous Gameover ZeuS botnet targeted Microsoft operating systems.
Hackers stole almost $70 million and didn’t stop until 2010.
By then the FBI got involved and arrested over a hundred people.
That’s the trickiest thing about botnets: often they remain dormant until the C&C server issues them commands and by then it’s too late.
Recently, researchers discovered similar weaknesses that can affect your router.
While no patch exists yet to combat this threat, a few open source options are available online.
Programs like Snort offer free network detection to find botnets, quarantine them, and eradicate them from your device.
Getting the Most Out of Your NetGear Router
As we move closer and closer to a more online world, cyber security is critical to our safety.
Your router can connect you to the Internet, but you have to make sure unwanted guests stay off your network.
Check it regularly to ensure your system hasn’t been infected.
You can also use a WPS setup to reduce the number of entry points cyber criminals have access to.
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