This has got to be the quickest Quick Tip of all. Literally. With just one click, it’s too easy not to do.
You know your computer can be infected. But did you know your router can, too? And because most people just aren’t aware of it, if your router is compromised, it could stay that way a long time without you ever knowing.
Hacking your router is just one more method attackers use to display fraudulent advertising, spread malware, or steal your private account credentials. It’s called DNS hijacking.
When you type in a website name, say “cooldomain.com,” you’re directed to a DNS server that will find the website’s IP address – say “44.567.54.69” for example, and display the website you need. But in a DNS hijack, hackers change your router’s settings to direct you to a rogue DNS server. The rogue server will give a malicious IP address, purposely directing you to a website that may look like the one you want, but it’s not.
Here’s an example: Let’s say you want to log into your bank account. But unbeknownst to you, you’re directed to a look-alike website that’s not really your bank. You enter in your bank username and password. Now the attacker has your credentials, which he (or she) can use.
F-Secure Router Checker makes sure the settings on your computers, phones, and routers connect to safe DNS servers.
So what are you waiting for?
It’s too easy not to do.
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