We talk very much about the software designed to attack our smartphones and computers, but it turns out your router might also be a huge risk. That is absolutely right. Some of the new dangerous malware is going after the WiFi router you use to connect to the internet around your home or the office. Here is what you need to know about the malware and how to keep your WiFi router protected.
The risk involved
VPNFilter is a very new type of malware which is designed specifically to target the internet WiFi routers. It is capable of collecting communication information from your WiFi router, attacking the other computers and destroying your device remotely. According to Cisco, the malware has already infected over 50000 WiFi routers around the globe.
Not all the WiFi routers are susceptible to the VPN filter, but a very few of the major brands are at risk. Here is the full list of devices given as below:
1. Linksys E1200
2. Linksys E2500
3. Linksys WRVS4400N
4. Mikrotik Router OS for Cloud Core WiFi Routers: Versions 1016, 1036, and 1072
5. Netgear DGN2200
6. Netgear R6400
7. Netgear R7000
8. Netgear R8000
9. Netgear WNR1000
10. Netgear WNR2000
11. QNAP TS251
12. QNAP TS439 Pro
13. Other QNAP NAS devices running the QTS software
14. TP-Link R600VPN
How to remove it
There is no other easy way to check if your WiFi router is already been infected, but if your model is included in the above list, then you should not take any risks. The easiest and the only way to fully remove the VPN filter is to do the factory reset. Generally, that involves pressing down the power button for 5 to 10 seconds, but you also may want to double check based for your specific WiFi router model.
If you do not want to do a full factory reset that can clear the important data from the device, you can also simply reboot your WiFi router. This would not kill the VPN filter entirely, but it will drop the malware back to the initial stage and would buy you some time.
How to protect yourself
Once you have wiped your WiFi router, there are a few ways to keep yourself protected moving forward.
First, ensure that you are running the latest firmware by logging into your WiFi router account in a web browser and check for the updates. You should also change the admin password for an extra layer of the protection.
Finally, make sure that the remote management is turned off. This will block the hackers from controlling your WiFi router without your permission. That should keep you completely safe from any of the future malware attacks as well.
Following are the steps to check whether the new update of the firmware is available:-
1. Open any of the internet browsers on the connected device, which can be a computer device or mobile device.
Note: Always make sure that your computing device is connected by Ethernet cable to your WiFi router device while updating its firmware i.e there must be wired connectivity.
2. Enter URL www.routerlogin.net in the address bar.
3. To Login enter the respective username and password.
Note: By default, the username is set to admin and the password is configured as the password. Keep in mind, that these credentials are always case sensitive.
4. Now click ADVANCED > Administration.
5. Then click the Firmware Update or WiFi Router Update and then Check option as to make the WiFi router look for any firmware update.
Things to keep in mind while the update process takes place:
A. Do not interrupt the downloading process by closing the current browsing screen.
B. Do not switch to another web page or Refresh the current page.
C. Do not click on any type of pop up or any link.
6. If an update is available then it will show an alert message to ask you whether if you want to confirm or not. Then click Yes to confirm the download process.
7. Download & Install the new version of the firmware.
8. Once the firmware update is complete, your WiFi router will reboot.
It would take 3 to 5 minutes to complete this update process.
At the time of the firmware update, it will show you publishing notes along with the new version update which you will need to follow.
If you still face any issue in the updation of your firmware, do not forget that the Netgear Router Tech Support Number is always there to listen to you and help you at any time, any day and anywhere. Just get in touch with us at the live chat for a hassle free support. You can also drop us an email at email@example.com and get step by step assistance to your WiFi router issues. You can also contact the Netgear Router Support Phone Number.