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Alert: This one simple mistake lets hackers attack your router

Alert: This one simple mistake lets hackers attack your router

Avast Antivirus is one of the top anti-virus programs on the market, but new research from the company suggests that there's one thing that it can't protect you from: Your router.

Avast CEO, Vince Steckler, explains what exactly is so risky about routers:

Unsecured routers create an easy entry point for hackers to attack millions of American home networks. Our research revealed that the vast majority of home routers in the US aren’t secure. If a router is not properly secured, cybercriminals can easily gain access to an individual’s personal information, including financial information, user names and passwords, photos, and browsing history.

All of the information that gets sent to and downloaded from the Internet has to go through your router. If a hacker could get access to it, then they'd have an ever-present peephole into every single thing that you do.

With all of the potential access gated by our routers, you'd think that they'd have some basic security features, right? Avast's study found an answer that might surprise you.

Next page: Find out about the flawed security setting.
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