The majority of consumers simply plug their routers in and, without even realizing the risks associated with this, start surfing.
There could be severe consequences for you and your family should you decide to NOT secure your router.
An unsecured router allows for hackers to piggyback onto your signal. In most cases, the hackers will be involved with illegal online activities.
The hacker who hi-jacks your signal is not concerned about your safety or freedom.
It could be your next door neighbor or someone driving through your neighborhood.
They lock onto your signal and with a special version of Linux, they, piggyback onto your signal and conduct their nefarious activities.
Do you think you are protected against the police showing up? Maybe you think you can talk sense into them and prevent them from removing your computer and all other electronics.
Once the police learn about your address being involved in illicit activities, YOU become the prime suspect.
The police will arrive with a warrant, force their way in if necessary and remove EVERY SINGLE piece of tech in your home.
You won’t see your possessions for at least 90 days.
The above happens on a regular basis. In order to prevent yourself from being accused of pedophilia, fraud, or other bad things, you need to secure your router.
The most important steps to take are:
1. Using simple passwords like 12345, love, god, or a pet’s name can cause you mega headaches. If your password is easy to remember, it is easy to guess. Make sure your password is long and complicated, like this: #$f&&-+A-aZ=DuJ*. To make sure you don’t forget your password, simply store it on a USB stick. NEVER store your passwords on your computer or mobile device.
2. Enable your router’s “MAC address whitelist” feature. A MAC address is a special name that every Wi-Fi device has, and each one is different. Most modern routers will let you allow only specific computers or mobile devices by their MAC address. This lets you allow only your devices to connect to your router, so even if a hacker has your password, they can’t get in. Make sure you turn this feature on!
3. If you have friends over, or your children do, AND if your visitors’ devices have been given access to your Wi-Fi, don’t forget to remove this access once your visitors leave.
More and more people are receiving visits from the police. Don’t let this happen to your family.
If you or a loved one has been accused of illegal online activities, contact us today for your free consultation.