Criminals love home Wi-Fi networks. When left open, unsecured and not protected by strong passwords, hackers can attack your gadgets and steal your information. They can upload or download illegal files and they can generally do whatever criminal activity they want.
Here's the hacker's icing on the cake: When law enforcement traces the illegal activity, you - the router's owner - are left being held responsible. That's exactly what happened to a man in Camden, New Jersey.
On September 1, New Jersey police officers conducted a raid looking for a computer that recently downloaded and shared child pornography.
When police viewed the couple's computer, it came up clean.
Unfortunately, it turns out a hacker named Louis LaSalle was able to jump on to the couple's unsecured Wi-Fi network and send out more than 700 videos and more than 33,000 images.
Make sure something like this doesn't happen to you.
LOG IN TO YOUR ROUTER
Every router has the same general steps for logging in. However, each one requires different information to do it. You'll want to have your router's manual on hand to find out the specifics for your router.
To start, open your web browser and type in your router's IP address. It varies by router, so you'll need to find that in the manual. Next, a box will pop up asking for your username and password, which you'll also find in the manual.