Home network attacks

26 June 2023

All connected devices in the home access the internet through a common point, the router. There is an assumption that they're always secure, but this is not always the case.

Many of the popular routers have vulnerabilities. For example, if a hacker can log onto your Wi-Fi network, they can access all Wi-Fi run devices in the home, including smart devices, fire and security systems and monitor your web traffic. And they can do this anytime, 24/7.

You can protect yourself and your family by taking simple steps like changing the default passwords on your smart home devices.

How to manage the risk

  • Check with your broadband provider that the core software or firmware on the router is the latest version.
  • Ask how to disable WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup).
  • If you use Wi-Fi signal boosters, check how they connect to your network.
  • Change any factory passwords on your smart home devices.
  • Remove password from back of router.
  • Keep your broadband router out of sight so the password or device is not visible.

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