Many of us give little thought to our routers, however, if you are reading this online, you have a router.  A router is a networking device that is used to transfer data between your computer and the Internet.  Unfortunately,  unless proper security precautions are taken, your router can put you in danger of being hacked, becoming a victim of identity theft or having your computer taken over in a botnet and used by cybercriminals to spread malware.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint against D-Link Corporation alleging it has failed to take reasonable steps to protect the security of its routers and IP cameras thereby putting its customers in extreme danger of being hacked.

Among the flaws exposed by the FTC were hardcoded login credentials in the D-Link  software of the username and password “guest” that could enable a hacker easy access to the webcam’s live feed.  The FTC also noted a software flaw called “command injection” that would allow a hacker to take control of the consumers’s router by sending unauthorized commands over the Internet.

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Regardless of whether you have a D-Link router or webcam or some other brand, it is important to secure your router and webcam.  Always do your homework and research routers before you purchase one to make sure you are getting one that provides greater security.  Also, upon installing your router, immediately change the default password to a strong, secure password. Finally download the latest security updates to your router whenever they become available and check the manufacturer’s website regularly to find the latest security patches and updates.