Dust off your home WiFi router: It needs some upkeep to stay secure

If your home — with all its blinking, beeping, Internet-connected devices — is a little digital kingdom, your WiFi router is the gate. And somebody needs to keep a close eye on it.

Back in 2007, Zulfikar Ramzan, chief scientist at digital safety company Aura, says he helped uncover a new kind of cyberattack: By simply getting a victim to view a single webpage, hackers could change the settings on home routers — those bulky boxes collecting dust in your closet that connect your tech devices to the Internet — and direct all the victim’s online traffic anywhere they chose. Fifteen years later, people are still making the same security mistake that led to those attacks, failing to reset the default password on their home routers, he says.

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