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Hackers now targeting your router

Hackers now targeting your router

It's time for a router emergency call to 911. You knew about hackers stealing our credit cards from retailers, the NSA spying on anyone who picked up a cellphone or writes an email, and ad trackers watching our every move and purchase.

Hang on, we've got a string of recent reports of router vulnerabilities.

Backdoors have been found in NetGear and Linksys routers, two of the biggest sellers. A host of other brand names including D-Link, Micronet, Tenda and others have also been the subject of mass attacks. They let hackers hijack your browser, produce fake search results and download malware into all the devices connected to your network.

Yes, it’s possible and it’s happening. Take a deep breath. Here's what you need to do to secure your router and save money too.

Many service providers give you a cable or DSL modem with a built-in router. These steps still work for combined units.

First, let's protect your router. There are three simple steps.

1) You need to do a geeky thing called "updating the firmware." Every router maker’s process is a little different, but here's the basic outline.

First, find your router's program on your computer. Fire it up and it should automatically find your device.

If you don't have a router program, look up your router's manual online and see what the device's IP address is. In case you need it, I have instructions on how to find a manual here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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