It seems not a day goes by that there isn’t a story on hacking. Today’s story: “The (Russian) hackers have tried to breach routers, switches and firewalls in an effort to hack organizations across the globe, officials said.” According to The Hill, “the hackers were likely conducting the attacks for spying purposes or intellectual property theft…”
It’s not likely that Russia is targeting your small or medium business or individuals, but employees should still be securing their at-home modem/routers in order to protect themselves – and their employers’ businesses. Individuals are more likely to be hacked for banking and credit card theft. No matter how you look at it, home and home office modem/routers need to be secured.
Securing Modem/Routers: Comcast Xfinity
Before we go one step further: where are you going to keep your passwords? What will your passwords be? GET LASTPASS.com.
First, if you haven’t gotten a new modem/router from Comcast in more than 2 years, take your box back to the local office and get a new one. It won’t cost you a thing. You’re working with old equipment. Old means slow and less secure. Trade in the old equipment for new.
Your Comcast Modem/Router likely looks like this:
It likely comes with a sticker on it with a name for your wireless network and the password for it. It might look like this:
While it’s great that there is a password for the wifi network, unfortunately, there is a default password for the router/modem – the box itself – that anyone can hack into.
What’s that mean?
The way you login to your Comcast/Xfinity modem router is to go to http://10.0.0.1.
If you’re using Comcast/Xfinity as your Internet provider, you’ll see this:
See that Username/Password on the left?
Try using admin for the username and password for the password.
Did you get logged in? If so, it will look like this:
If so, you’re vulnerable for hacking because ANYONE can login to your router.
How do you fix this?
Well, you’re logged in. Look in the top right corner. Click CHANGE PASSWORD.
Once you do, you will be logged out then have to log in again.
Go ahead and do that because now you’re going to also change your Wifi name and password.
Click CONNECTION then WI-FI:
You will see your network name. Click EDIT next to the network name. You may see it repeated as 2.4GHz and 5GHz. You will click edit for them one at a time.
Type in your new NETWORK PASSWORD and click SAVE.