If you've been following recent news, you may have noticed the widespread calls from FBI and DOJ to your home reset wireless router for security. The warning came after a very thorough report by Talos Intelligence on a type of malware called VPNFilter that infects network routers. As this malware is relatively new and the average home router does not have malware detection / prevention software, this was a cause for concern.
According to Talos, these are several Linksys, Mikrotik, Netgear, QNAP and TP-Link routers (and related network devices from these brands). With so many affected brands, it's no surprise that the FBI took a shortcut and only asked all to reset their routers. If you have not already done so, here is a brief overview of how to properly handle the router restart.
: physically unplug the router and the modem
Onboard option called "reset" or "reboot", you should be careful as they trigger a reboot and all Can clear your current settings. Instead, disconnect your router and modem from anything to which they are connected (including the others and their power sources).
After disconnecting, leave the router alone for about a minute to make sure that the router has cooled down completely and that all your devices have registered that the Wi-Fi network has actually failed.
Now go back and reconnect the modem to the power source. Wait a bit for the modem to warm up and get ready to pass on its sweet internet connection – another minute should be enough. Now reconnect the router to the modem, the power outlet, and any other necessary connections. Wait a few minutes for the router to shake hands and recreate your wireless Internet signal.
Step 2: Update Your Firmware
The firmware is the built-in software that keeps your router functioning. While the router firmware is not updated as often as computer operating systems, updates are occasionally made, especially if there is a major security issue. The next step should be to download a new router firmware so that your router vulnerability, if any, is patched. You will need the credentials of your router to do this
There is usually an app or an admin site where you can search for firmware and then download it. To enter the Linksys setup. That's how it's done with TP-Link and with Netgear. We also have more detailed instructions for common router logins. Each router brand, even the obscure routers, should have their own instructions for accessing these administrator tools. One of the login options is "Firmware Update", "Router Update" or a similar option. Select this option and follow the instructions.
Please note that you can not use the WLAN patch when the router is uploading and deploying the firmware patch. This usually takes no more than five minutes, but it's still good to think about it. Never try to turn off the router during firmware update, otherwise it could cause serious problems.
Step 3: Update All Related Apps
Many modern routers offer apps that you can use Download on mobile devices and manage router settings or view router usage reports
If you have If you use one of these apps, you should also visit your app settings and make sure the app is fully updated to the latest version. It is a small but important step that you should take.
Step 4: Change your password
Are you still using the default password for your router settings? Since you have just logged in to the admin controls, you probably have a good idea. Many of us are guilty of keeping the default password for all these administrators stuff, as we rarely use it. Unfortunately, this makes it much easier to hack a router, and with big news about router hacking now, many hackers will wonder and wonder if they should get into the action.
That is the perfect reason to switch from the default password to a robust password of your own creation. The same administrator tools that you use to update your firmware can also help you change your password. Look for an option to change the password or credentials. Because you do not use this password often, make sure that you write it down in a safe place while you do it.
Alright, your router should now be updated, restarted, and more secure.