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Do NOT use WPS on your router. Here's what to do instead

Do NOT use WPS on your router. Here's what to do instead
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I've been covering the latest obsession that hackers have with "brute force" password cracks. The key to avoiding a "brute force" attack is to increase the amount of surface area that a hacker will have to cover before uncovering your password.

If your router has Wi-Fi protected setup enabled, then hackers can get into your router without having to use an actual password. Turning off WPS will solve all of these problems. Don't believe me? Here's how it works:

Your WPS password can usually be found as a printed sticker under a router. The problem is, hackers are developing algorithms that actively guess these passwords. With a backdoor directly into your router, hackers can monitor every bit of traffic that goes to and from your router.

That means that you'll be completely wide-open. There's no way to increase the "surface area" of a WPS key that comes pre-installed on your router. The only way to stay completely safe from these intrusions is to disable WPS access to your router.

Need more information on how to keep your router safe from hacker intrusion? Click here to shore up your defenses.

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