How to protect your router and home security cameras from hackers

How to protect your router and home security cameras from hackers

By Herb Weisbaum

When it comes to digital security, lack of knowledge and complacency can result in serious consequences, including identity theft, financial fraud and a massive loss of privacy.

You try to be vigilant with your computers because they contain so much personal information, but chances are you don’t have the same level of diligence when it comes to your router and home security camera. Hackers are counting on this.

Router security must be taken seriously

A router is essential to your home wireless network, but most people are clueless about router security. They don’t do the two things that can prevent a hack attack: Change the default password credentials and update the firmware (the router’s internal software).

“Most people buy a router, plug it in, they connect everything they need to connect and they don’t think about it again,” said Lawrence Abrams, founder of the website Bleeping Computer. Two things that can prevent a hack attack: Change the default password credentials and update the firmware (the router’s internal software).

Remember, your router is a singular point of vulnerability — the one pathway for all your home’s wireless devices that connect to the internet via your home Wi-Fi.

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