• Beyond Three Dumb Routers

    Posted on June 20, 2018 by pcwrt in Router, Security, Technology.

    To mitigate the risks of IoT devices on your home network, Steve Gibson, the creator of ShieldsUP!, proposed a “Three Dumb Router” configuration to isolate the insecure IoT devices from your normal LAN, where the more valuable and more secure devices such as PCs and NAS storage reside. Since the devices stay in their own […]

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  • How to get rid of VPNFilter malware (even though you don’t know if your router is infected)

    Posted on June 6, 2018 by pcwrt in Router, Security, Technology.

    Ars Technica reported today that the VPNFilter malware targets a much larger number of devices than previously thought (200,000 additional routers were added to the initial estimate of 500,000). And it is more powerful than revealed in original analysis. VPNFilter’s elaborate design involves three stages. Stage 1 acts as a backdoor that uses a sophisticated […]

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  • Can Alexa be used to spy?

    Posted on June 5, 2018 by pcwrt in Security, Technology.

    On May 24, 2018, Portland, Oregon local TV station Kiro 7 reported that an Amazon Alexa device recorded a private conversation, then sent it out to a random contact. Amazon confirmed the incident, and attributed it to an “unlikely” string of events that caused Alexa to mistakingly interpret background sounds as commands. In other words, […]

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  • Put IoT devices on guest network

    Posted on June 3, 2018 by pcwrt in Security, Technology.

    IoT devices are known to be vulnerable to cyber attacks. The best known instance of such an attack is probably the Mirai botnet. The botnet infected numerous IoT devices (such as home routers and IP security cameras) and used them to perform a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. It brought down major web sites […]

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  • Who is connected to my WiFi router?

    Posted on January 20, 2018 by pcwrt in Router, WiFi.

    Are you worried that someone is connecting to your WiFi router without your permission? Well, if you are securing your WiFi with WPA2-AES (CCMP) encryption and a fairly strong password, you should be confident that no one is able to connect to your WiFi without knowing your password. Not even with the most recent KRACK […]

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  • 4 Tests You Should Do on Your WiFi Router to Avoid Hacking

    Posted on January 19, 2018 by pcwrt in Router, Security, WiFi.

    In a previous post, I talked about how to secure your router WiFi. That’s only half of the puzzle. Another type of attack on your router comes directly from the Internet, without the need to connect to your WiFi signal. Due to the various security flaws on the home WiFi router, and the fact that […]

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  • Five WiFi security settings and their effectiveness in securing your WiFi network

    Posted on November 13, 2017 by pcwrt in Router, Security, WiFi.

    Technologies change fast, what was once considered safe and secure may become vulnerable and obsolete by today’s standards. Here I’ll show five wireless security settings generally available on a WiFi router, and their effectiveness in securing your WiFi network. Disable SSID broadcast. It is often recommended that you should disable SSID broadcasting to make your […]

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  • How to avoid bad WiFi connection by changing the channel on your router

    Posted on October 16, 2017 by pcwrt in How To, Router, WiFi.

    When WiFi connections become slow, the first thing many people do is to buy a better, more powerful router. But many times the problem can be avoided by simply changing the WiFi router to another channel. There are two factors affecting WiFi performance, distance and radio frequency interference (RF interference). In contrast to people’s intuitive […]

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  • Is equifaxsecurity2017.com legit?

    Posted on September 9, 2017 by pcwrt in News, Security.

    Big news that Equifax leaked personal info of 143 million Americans. In the wake of the news, people were directed to check their status at the website www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. The domain name sounded fishy, in the same sense as someone claiming that ebay-security-alerts.com is an official Ebay site. So a lot of people are asking whether […]

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  • How to flash the Torch router with pcWRT

    Posted on August 4, 2017 by pcwrt in Router, Technology.

    What you need: Download the firmware image from here. MD5 checksum: e2f1bb281dd9f78cd603faf515491548. A TFTP server. You can use PumpKIN if you don’t have a favorite one. Download the appropriate binary for your operating system.   The steps (using Windows as example below). Configure your Ethernet address: open Windows network center, click “Change adapter settings”. Find […]

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