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The Internet router in the corner of your home stores confidential and sensitive information about you, such as event timestamps, a log of connected devices, and website URLs visited that an outsider can access.
Case in point: Researchers recently bought 18 used routers and found that more than half contained confidential and sensitive information from the companies that once used them.
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The internet router in the corner of your home stores confidential and sensitive information about you, such as event timestamps, a log of connected devices, and website URLs visited that an outsider can access
The keys to the castle
So many people forget how much information someone has when they know the login to your router. Theoretically, they can see what you do online and what devices are connected.
That’s just downright dangerous. This allows anyone with access to see, for example, whether you are at home and using the internet from your phone.
If you’re worried about someone accessing your devices or knowing too much about your life, a simple solution is getting a new router.
In the meantime, reset the default password on your existing model as soon as possible. Not sure how?
How to reset your router password
You need to access your router’s admin page. To do this, you need the device’s IP address and administrator password. These details may be printed on the bottom of your router, written in the owner’s manual for your router brand, or available online.
After you have logged in, you can change your password. If you are having problems, call your ISP.
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On the management page, take it a step further and make sure your firmware is up to date.
Newer routers can download them automatically, and almost every router has options to update the firmware manually, so if it’s not an automatic process, you should check them every three months.
Find a section called “Advanced” or “Manage” to look for firmware updates. Download any updates. If an option in your router’s settings enables automatic updates, enable it.
Sell your router? Or throw it away?
You need to erase your data just like you would with your old phone, tablet or computer. Even your printer and the smart speaker should be factory reset.
● Make sure your router is plugged in and turned on.
● Locate the reset button (usually in a small hole on the back).
● Insert a paper clip into the hole to hold down the button for at least 15 seconds.
● Release the button and wait for your router to turn back on.
How to monitor your network for devices
In the past, you could only see what was on your network by logging into your router with a browser. That still works (more on that below), but most wireless carriers now allow you to do this through an app.
Go to your provider’s website to find the official app, add it to your smartphone, then log in with your ISP’s credentials.
Another method is to log into your router to see the most up-to-date information on what devices are connected.
● Log in to your router’s administration page using the steps above.
● Once logged in, look for a list that says DHCP Client or Connected Devices. From there you will see a list of devices currently using your network.
See something you don’t recognize? Change your Wi-Fi password and only reconnect with the devices you trust.