Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i!
All of us here at Lava.net, Aloha Tone, and Tri-net Solutions send our well wishes to you and your family this Thanksgiving.
On a more serious note, there have been media reports that highlight the dangers of default passwords. Many computer security issues can be attributed to weak and default passwords. If you purchased a web connected device like a router, IP camera, network/WiFi printer, or even baby monitor you should follow the User Guide or Manual to set an administrative login.
The Russian site mentioned in media reports is simply accessing IP cameras with a default password, and in some cases without a password at all. This allows anyone in the world to connect and view what is happening, in most cases this undesirable. You wouldn’t want everyone in the world with an internet connection to see you cook dinner or watch TV.
As more and more devices become internet enabled the problem has grown. Imagine if someone could remotely control your new wireless multifunction printer? It could be as harmless and annoying as someone printing out spam and annoying flyers. It could cost you money by printing completely black pages and wasting ink. What about your privacy? It could be at risk if you made a copy of personal information and forgot to remove it from the scanner bed.
One big misconception with routers is that after changing the WiFi passwords the router is secure. Most people do not realize that the WiFi password is not the only password on a router. The vast majority of all routers have a default administrative password. Leaving this unchanged could allow an attacker to remotely control your router. A hijacked router then can redirect your internet traffic to a server that an attacker controls, not only could they see what websites you visited but they could change what is displayed on your computer. For example the attacker could monitor your traffic to see what bank you use, then create a fake version of the site and redirect your login. They would be stealing your information without a clear indication that your are compromised.
Customers with our Keep Your ISP Honest service are provided with a router that we secure and set strong passwords on. The router also protects your connected devices by using NAT technology that prevents an attacker from directly talking to your devices, printers, or cameras. Our 24/7 always on monitoring not only helps with security issues but connection quality and speed. We log data on your connection and how your devices utilize the internet, this provides valuable data when your internet becomes unresponsive.
If you do not have our KYIH service and router and would like to have this service, contact Lava.net today!