Security Tool – Australian police are war driving – to reset default router passwords
Australian police are war driving for open wifi home routers. The police even write to home owners, where the encryption on the Wifi is set to WEP.
So full credit to the Australian police for their efforts to tighten up security.
Even more exciting we find the German police are fining home users who don’t set a password on the router.
Okay, so back to the UK. Most home users don’t know how to access their router, let alone reset it’s default password. The dangers of a default password cannot be over emphasised. Hackers will know the defaults, and test for them. If 80% of the routers out there are set to default passwords, that’s 80% of the home routers that don’t even need to be cracked.
To access your home router page
1. Go to your web browser, eg Firefox or IE.
2. In the Browse bar, type in 192.168.1.1 ( nearly all home routers use this default IP).
3. A banner page for the router will appear. It will ask you to login.
Each router is different. If you’re operating on a default password, then we’re in trouble.
Enter the routers default password (probably on the underneath of your home router) and you’ll enter the main config of your router, which is different for each router.
4. Reset the router password, but make sure it’s a password you’ll remember.
For ZyXEL you browse along
Maintenance > System > General
5. Next, we want to check the encryption settings. Most importantly we want to make sure it’s not open or working on WEP…both of those are leaving the backdoor wide open.
Under ZyXEL we browse
Network > Wireless LAN > General
If you see WPA or WPA2, then you’re safe, and working with a decent level of encryption.
Router manuals – DEFAULT PASSWORDS
If you don’t know the routers default password, then hackers will probably look it up on http://www.portforward.com.
This great site will look up your router manufacturer and model, and show you how to configure it.
Its searches by router manufacturer and model for the default password – ZyXEL uses “1234”, wow, no hacker would ever guess that. You can see how default passwords offer no protection. So take a lesson from the Australians and Germans – and reset those default router passwords.