Almost everyone connects wirelessly to the internet these days. If you do, that means you're using a Wi-Fi router.
The router is probably hooked up close to your computer and may look like the router in the picture below. If you have one, and chances are you do, you need to know about some serious security threats.
Routers made by Quanta Computer are riddled with security problems, according to cybersecurity expert Pierre Kim. He has found 20 significant flaws in its routers, including Quanta LTE QDH Router, Quanta QDH, Quanta UNE, Quanta MOBILY, and Quanta Yoomee 4G routers.
The main problem is that the routers let hackers easily access your private information, without having to prove who they are. The flaws include backdoor accounts that can bypass HTTP authentication, remote code execution, and others.
If you have a Quanta router, you need to replace it.
"The Quanta LTE QDH Router device is an LTE router/access point [that is] badly designed with a lot of vulnerabilities," Kim warns on his blog. "It's available in a number of countries [that have] internet with an LTE network."
He adds an ominous message: "Due to a lack of security patches provided by the vendor, the vulnerabilities will remain unpatched."
Here's what to do: If you have a Quanta router that was given to you by your internet provider, call them and ask for a new router. If you purchased the router yourself, replace it now with another brand.
Note: Did you change your router's password after it was installed? It's critical that is has a strong password. To get started, click here to find your router's password.