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TECH TIPS: YOUR BROADBAND ROUTER & WIFI NETWORK– OPEN DOOR OR EXTRA SECURITY?

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Date: 25/09/2014

Is your broadband router an open door to your data as well as the internet?

It has become fairly common knowledge that if you are using a computer connected to the internet, you need keep your computer software up to date to reduce your vulnerability to viruses and other malicious attacks.  However, while you probably appreciate this applies to your laptop or desktop PC, there is another device in your household or business which also requires such attention:  your broadband router.

Research has indicated that 80% of small-office/home routers are at risk from attack. All your internet communication from your networked desktops, laptops, tablet and smartphones passes through your router.  This communication includes all your login credentials (username and passwords) for websites (including internet banking) and shopping payment details.  Since this effects all computers connected to your router the ramifications can be far greater.

So what can you do about it?  The quickest and easiest action is to change your router’s administrative username and password from the factory defaults (the first combination any attacker will try), although make a note of the new details in case you need to change any settings in the future. The next thing to do is ask your IT support specialist to check that the software on the router is up to date and set up for maximum security.

Also worth considering is upgrading your router to one that can provide more a faster network and more flexibility or act as a backup to your broadband connection.

Simultaneous Dual Band routers provide two separate wireless connections; one band provides more range and is great for everyday web surfing use however it is more susceptible to interference from wireless devices whilst the other band provides faster wireless speeds whilst avoiding most interference and is thus just right for bandwidth heavy tasks like on-line gaming and HD streaming. Now you can enjoy the advantages of the two bands in just one device.

For additional flexibility 3G/4G wireless routers allow users to share a mobile broadband connection with family and friends via a wired connection or a Wi-Fi hotspot.

For assistance with updating your existing router or to discuss the benefits of upgrading your router simply visit the Logiplex workshop or call 01989 769990