New York Named “Most Hackable” State
With so much of our life stored digitally, how secure are you? Do you think you'd be good if someone tried to hack into your home network?
According to a new study, if you live in New York, you might want to change some things.
New York Is Named The "Most Hackable State"
A new study just came out by a security-focused Wi-Fi router provider named pcWRT and it showed that unfortunately, New Yorkers are pretty easy to hack. They came in at #1 on the list of easily hackable households. Essentially, we have a lot of Wi-Fi security concerns. It's not because the equipment we use is faulty, but more because we don't take advantage of some of the security features that they offer.
What is your password?
Don't tell me. I don't really want to know. As a matter of fact, don't tell anyone.
But this is one of the biggest factors that will tell you how easily you could be hacked. After you set up your router, did you change the password? Or are you still using the default password that came with it? Have you changed the password for your Wi-Fi? Or are you still using the same Wi-Fi password that is super hard to remember but also still the default?
A bunch of New Yorkers (31% for the router, 36% for the Wi-Fi) never changed those default passwords.
While using the default router password makes it easy for hackers to gain control of the router, using the Wi-Fi password as the router access password allows anyone who can connect to the Wi-Fi to log in and manage the router. Either practice opens the door for an unauthorized party to hijack the router. - pcWRT
Is WPS enabled on your router?
There's a good chance you just said, "What is WPS?"
According to pcWRT, WPS is "Wi-Fi Protected Setup." It's that button on your router that you push to set up your network. Unfortunately if you press that button it makes the process of setting up a secure network easier and will make it easier for someone outside your network to join it.
So what can we do to protect ourselves?
There are a couple things we can do.
1.) Change your passwords - from your router, to your Wi-Fi, to your email. Change them so they're difficult for someone to guess. And make sure they're all unique. Never use the same password twice.
2.) Turn off WPS once all of your devices have connected. It's meant to make it easier to connect. But once they are on your network, you don't want to make it easier for someone else to connect also.
For more, check out pcWRT.