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What to Do If Your Router Gets Hacked

What to Do If Your Router Gets Hacked

Your router is the gateway to your home network, and if it gets hacked, it can give hackers access to all of your devices. Here are some steps you can take if you think your router has been hacked:

What to Do If Your Router Gets Hacked

What to Do If Your Router Gets Hacked

Your router is the gateway to your home network, and if it gets hacked, it can give hackers access to all of your devices. Routers can be hacked by a variety of methods such as exploiting vulnerabilities in router firmware, utilising techniques like DNS hijacking, and gaining unauthorised access to the router. Once hacked, the attacker can carry out various malicious activities, such as spying on Wi-Fi connections, eavesdropping on conversations, initiating malware attacks, and even identity theft.

It is important to be aware of the signs of a hacked router and take appropriate steps to secure and protect your Wi-Fi network.

 

How to deal with the hacked router?

Here are some steps you can take if you think your router has been hacked

  1. Change your router’s password. This is the most important thing you can do to secure your router. Your router’s password should be strong and unique.
  2. Scan your devices for malware. Once you’ve changed your router’s password, scan all of your devices for malware. Malware can be installed on your devices when your router is hacked, so it’s important to check for it.
  3. Update your router’s firmware. Router firmware is the software that runs your router. It’s important to keep your router’s firmware up to date to protect against security vulnerabilities.
  4. Enable two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your router. When you enable two-factor authentication, you’ll need to enter a code from your phone in addition to your password when you log in to your router.
  5. Monitor your network traffic. You can use a network monitoring tool to see what devices are connected to your network and what traffic is being sent and received. This can help you identify any suspicious activity.

If you think your router has been hacked, you should also contact a cybersecurity expert for help. The Original PC Doctor can help you secure your router and investigate the hack.

 

Contact The Original PC Doctor for Help

The Original PC Doctor is a cybersecurity firm that can help you secure your router and investigate a hack. We have over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, and we can help you protect your home network from hackers.

To contact The Original PC Doctor, please visit our website or call us at 1300 723 628. We’ll gladly help you secure your router and investigate the hack.

 

Additional tips to help protect your router from hackers:

  • Use a strong password for your router. Your router’s password should be at least 12 characters long and contain a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Change your router’s password regularly. This will help to prevent hackers from guessing your password if it’s been compromised.
  • Enable WPA2 encryption on your router. WPA2 is the most secure encryption protocol for Wi-Fi networks.
  • Keep your router’s firmware up to date. Router firmware updates often include security patches that can help to protect your router from hackers.
  • Don’t share your router’s password with anyone. Your router’s password should be kept confidential.
  • Be careful about what websites you visit on your home network. Hackers can sometimes infect your devices with malware if you visit malicious websites.

By following these tips, you can help to protect your router from hackers and keep your home network safe.

Written by The Original PC Doctor on 17/9/2023.

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