It's a bad time for routers. Security researchers are turning up more and more flaws in basic router security that puts you, the owner, at risk.
I told you last week about a virus that infects routers and steals your Facebook passwords. Now, security researchers have turned up not one, not two, but a total of 60 flaws that affect a range of 22 different router models.
That may sound bad enough, but this news gets even worse. That's because these aren't just the routers you buy in the store, but also ones Internet service providers distribute to their customers. In fact, the ISP-provided ones seem to have the worst problems.
Many ISPs configure their routers for remote access or include backdoors with a common password. This is so they can troubleshoot customer issues remotely without having to send a technician to your home. However, hackers can easily find and take advantage of these security holes to take over a home owner's network.