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Important to do: Test your router to see if it’s been hacked - Here's how

Important to do: Test your router to see if it’s been hacked - Here's how
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The internet is a crazy place. Not only do marketers and advertisers follow your every move, there are hackers and scammers lurking in the dark corners, ready to pounce on your personal information.

At least marketers and advertisers want to make money off of you. The hackers and scammers I'm talking about, on the other hand, just want to flat out steal your money by way of stealing your personal information.

And as much as I don't want to admit it, these hackers are smarter than the average criminal. They use clever tactics that try to trick you into clicking on something that has the potential to crash your system, spread malware and even steal your personal information.

One of these tricks is known as a "DNS hijack." Sound complicated? Yes, it's a little bit tricky. Let me explain.

A DNS or domain name system is often called the phone book for the internet. It translates the names of websites, like Google.com, to an IP address, like 74.125.239.2. The communication between the two is critical in order to correctly direct your web traffic.

What these clever hackers do is insert rogue DNS servers so your traffic is directed onto unsafe servers instead of the secure servers your internet service provider gives you. This opens you up to a whole world where all your personal information is vulnerable and your chances of a virus are high.

What can you do to be safe?

Check out the F-Secure Router Checker. It's a helpful tool that will make sure your internet connection is safe from outside dangers.

All you have to do is head to the home page and click on "Check your router." With one click, you will know if your connection is safe or at risk. If your connection is at risk, the site will give you a full bullet list of things to check and keep an eye out for.

You can also see the details about your service provider's DNS, as well as your own.

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