Recent reports have shown that Wi-Fi routers are frequent targets for hackers who try to reroute some of the Internet traffic from the homes of unsuspecting users to fake websites that masquerade as genuine trusted sites. From there, they send the users more ads than they’d usually see while online, potentially steal their personal information, and perform other malicious tasks. To help users discover whether their home routers have been taken over by skilled attackers, F-Secure has come up with a simple online tool called Router Checker that lets anyone secure their home network with just one click.
The software analyzes the security of your Wi-Fi router and tells you whether any unusual settings have been made without you knowing. The online tool also provides more info about DNS servers and hijacks, which should help users better understand the risks involved with router hacking. F-Secure revealed that in 2014 alone, over 300,000 office or home routers had been hijacked.
In case you get a warning report, you’ll then be able to fix the router by resetting it to factory defaults or by updating the firmware. Regardless of the first result, users should then keep checking the device using the F-Secure’s Router Checker to make sure it stays safe.
You can test out Router Checker right now to see F-Secure’s new security tool in action yourself – just follow this link and then click that one button.